Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University Greg Carr will deliver a lecture titled “Black Education and Politics in America” on July 21 at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. Carr is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Howard School of Law.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. in Chicago.
Carr holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a JD from the Ohio State University College of Law. The School District of Philadelphia’s First Resident Scholar on Race and Culture (1999-2000), Carr led a team of academics and educators in the design of the curriculum framework for Philadelphia’s mandatory high school African American History course. These materials are the first to approach African American history using an Africana studies methodology.
The co-founder of the Philadelphia Freedom Schools Movement, a community-based academic initiative that has involved more than 13,000 elementary, high school and college students, Carr has presented his curriculum work for the Board of Public Education in Salvador, Bahia, and has lectured across the U.S. and in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, France and England, among other places. His publications have appeared in “The African American Studies Reader,” Socialism and Democracy, the Modern Language Association of America, The National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America, and “Malcolm X: A Historical Reader,” among others.
Carr is the first vice president of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and a former member of the board of the National Council for Black Studies. He is a grantee of Howard’s Fund for Academic Excellence, invited lecturer on pedagogy from Howard’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and has been named Professor of the Year three times by the Howard University Student Association, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council and the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Association.
The co-editor of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations’ multi-volume “African World History Project,” Carr also has represented Howard University as a spokesman in a wide range of print and electronic media, including Ebony Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, USA Today, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BBC America, C-SPAN, MTVu, Diverse Magazine and CNN, as well as a range of local radio, television and internet media outlets.
The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies was established by Northeastern Illinois University in 1966 as an outgrowth of its concern for and commitment to Chicago‘s inner city communities. Since its inception, the Carruthers Center has focused on the analysis of institutions, systems and people with a direct impact on the quality of life in the inner cities of the U.S. and elsewhere in the world by creating programmatic and research initiatives. The Carruthers Center demonstrates the University’s urban tradition of education, research and service.