Amilcar Shabazz Vitae
El Mina

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


The Vita: Into a Life of the Mind

Brief Bio

Amilcar Shabazz is a professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was the department’s seventh chair. In 2013, he accepted an appointment as Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence. He teaches in the area of historical studies with an emphasis on the political economy of social and cultural movements, education, and public policy. His books include Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas (winner of the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award), Women & Others: Perspective on Race, Gender, and Empire (co-edited with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda E. Johnson, and The Forty Acres Documents (with Imari Obadele and Johnita Scott Obadele). He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has done work in Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, and other countries. Presently, he is completing an historical biography of lawyer-activist-publisher Carter Wesley, volumes on the mass media and the civil rights and black power movements, and a book of the future of the higher education African Americans in the wake of anti-affirmative action litigation from Bakke and Hopwood to Fisher v. University of Texas.


For a biographical essay, see “Amilcar Shabazz: The Heart of the African-American Experience,” Cardinal Cadence March-May 2004 (vol. 322), pp. 36-38, & available online as a PDF file at: click/scroll down to p. 19 & 20

Biographical listings in Who’s Who in America, 58th edition (Marquis, 2004) and in the Directory of American Scholars, 10th edition (Gale Group, 2001).

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Last updated September 1, 2015