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History is a weapon. Studied and interpreted wisely, it can help defend, inspire, protect, and unify. If history is ignored, forgotten, or misconstrued, it can be part of the miseducation of a people that will have a them going to the back door even without being told.  Of all our studies history is so very important not only because it is a vital means to the cognition of and solution to many of the problems that beset us, but because it is the heart and soul of our liberation itself.

From "Lecture at El Mina,"
Ghana, 2004.


Amilcar Shabazz, Professor
W. E. B. Du Bois Department
of Afro-American Studies

330 New Africa House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9289 USA
Phone: 413.545.2751
Fax: 413.545.0628

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Chair of the Conference Committee of the NCBS 2017 Conference." For the Call for Papers go here.


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Elected Vice President of The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world, for 2014-2016, and reelected for 2016-2018 term.

Selected for the 2014-15 class of the American Council on Education Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation's universities.

Organized Rev. James Lawson, Jr. Distinguished Lecture on Nonviolent Action and Civil Resistance on “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” at UMass Amherst.

Convened the 44th Earth Day at UMass Amherst, "Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.” Introduced Keynote Address: Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice.

Invited Panelist in the Afternoon Plenary Sesson on "The Future of Civil Rights" at The 2014 Fair Housing Conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 & the 25th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Centerin Springfield, MA. Included Dick Gregory, Prof. Charles Ogletree, Dr. Rodney Hood, and was moderated by Lawrence Watson. See news story here.

Guest appearance on Channel 22 WWLP's "Mass Appeal" talking about Springfield's African American History (with Wayne Phaneuf from the Springfield Republican). See

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) PRESIDENTIAL AWARD winner for exemplary service and outstanding contributions to the field of Black Studies, 38th annual meeting in Miami, FL.

Shabazz presents "Civil Rights in America & The Journey toward a More Civil Society, 1964-2014," an African American History Month event, at Greenfield Community College in the Sloan Theater on the GCC campus, Greenfield, MA.

Shabazz moderates the panel program "El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X and the Unspeakable, " following the staged reading of Project Unspeakable. In the Event Room of the Commonwealth Honors College Building on the UMass Amherst Campus.

Shabazz moderates the panel program "Growing Up Bond," with the children of Horace Mann Bond: Julian Bond, James Bond, and Jane Bond Moore. The event celebrates the completion of the digitization of the papers of Horace Mann Bond by the Department of Special Collections at the UMass Amherst Libraries. In the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass Amherst Campus.

Shabazz joins Daniel Gordon (Professor of History) in a "A Conversation on Affirmative Action and Diversity at UMass Amherst," Commonwealth Honors College. See video at

Common Ground Leadership Award recipient, for “leadership, excellence and role model example for generations to come.”Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA.

Invited Panelist, "Current Issues in Black Studies," The 26th Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education(NCORE), Hilton Riverside New Orleans.

Ongoing activities :

CONVERSATIONS AT PAHMUSA, The Pan African Historical Museum USA, 1500 Main Street/TowerSquare, Springfield, MA.

Discovering Du Bois: The Niagara Movement--is a website project of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of its effort to improve use of its extensive collection of the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois located in UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Below are some video clips from the site

  • q1_sm.flv 03:51-Dr.  Amilcar Shabazz on the context and background of W.E.B. Du Bois and the Niagara Movement...

    q4_sm.flv05:03 -Dr. Amilcar Shabazz on the Niagara Movement's Declaration of Principles...

    q3_sm.flv02:36 -Dr. Shabazz on the approach of Du Bois and Niagara Movement member John Hope to education...

    q2_sm.flv03:52 -Dr. Shabazz on the response of Du Bois and the Niagara Movement to Booker T. Washington...


Elected to membership in the Texas Institute of Letters and formally introduced at the TIL's annual meeting in Texas, April 17-18, 2009.

Photo below: Jena 6 National Walk-Out Day Rally, Amherst Commons, 10/1/07. [by Caitlin Coughlan]

Links to news stories: - May 1, 2008

Shabazz addresses 14th Annual Mass. Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference

USA Today
- March 13, 2008
Supporters rally for Mass. student By Mark Pratt, Associated Press Writer

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education - September 20, 2007
On The Move: Professional Appointments

In the Loop
(online informational site for faculty & staff at UMass Amherst), MA - July 6, 2007
Shabazz named new chair of Afro-American Studies

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