Saturday, November 5, 2011

Richard Newman Legacy of African-American Activism

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., – Richard Newman, professor, author, and historian of African-American studies, will give a talk on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3 at Williams College. The event is free and open to the public.

Newman is a professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology. His critically acclaimed book, Freedom’s Prophet: Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers won ForeWord’s Best Biography Prize in 2009. The book has reshaped both African-American history and early American history by showcasing the ways in which revolutionary-era African-Americans, including AME Church founder Richard Allen, served as founding fathers. Newman’s first book, The Transformation of American Abolitionism, examined the nation’s early abolitionists and was a finalist for the Organization of American Historians’ Avery Craven Prize for the most innovative manuscript in Civil War-era studies.

Newman’s scholarly interests include African-American history, Atlantic history, environmental history, and the history of technology. He is dedicated to researching and promoting the legacy of African-American activists and community leaders who played a critical role in our country’s founding. He has written multiple books and essays on the antislavery movement, African-American leadership, and environmental politics.

As an educator, Newman has won a Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award at SUNY-Buffalo, and he was finalist for the Eisenhart Teaching Award at RIT. Furthermore, he serves on the advisory board of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance at Yale and the Black Anti-Slavery Writings Project at the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Richard Newman

Richard Newman
The talk is sponsored by Leadership Studies, the Department of History, and Africana Studies.


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