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Essex County College Lecture Series Celebrates Black History Month

Second annual Garvey-Nkrumah Lecture Series set for Thursday.

Leonard Kwaku Jeffries / Photo by vapblack via Wikimedia Commons
Leonard Kwaku Jeffries / Photo by vapblack via Wikimedia Commons

In celebration of Black History Month Essex County College is hosting its second annual Garvey-Nkrumah Lecture Series on Thursday with an address by Leonard Kwaku Jeffries, Professor Emeritus at City College of New York. 

The free program, sponsored by the College’s Africana Institute, will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Hall – A. Zachary Yamba Building – at the main Newark campus.

Jeffries was a longtime faculty member at City College and formerly chaired its Black Studies Department. He is also president of the World African Diaspora Union. Born in Newark, Jeffries earned his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, a master’s degree from Columbia and doctorate from City College.

The lecture series has been designed to highlight African Diaspora speakers from around the world. It is a Pan-African presentation showcasing the continuity of the philosophy of operational unity amongst African people both in the United States and throughout h world. Each lecture will encompass the perspectives of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, and Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association/African Communities League in 1917.

Additional information on this program is available from Akil Khalfani, director of the Africana Institute at 973-877-3219.

Submitted by Essex County College 

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