Dr. Nishani Frazier, author of Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism, will deliver a lecture on her book from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in Room MC 136 of Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Building, 1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland.
Dr. Frazier is an associate professor of history at Miami University, where her research interests include 1960s freedom movements, oral history, digital humanities and black economic development. She previously served as associate curator of African-American history at the Western Reserve Historical Society, assistant to the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Archives at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and personal assistant to Dr. John Hope Franklin, before and during his tenure as chair of President Bill Clinton’s advisory board on “One America.”
In Harambee City, Dr. Frazier chronicles the rise and fall of black power within the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) by exploring the powerful influence of the Cleveland CORE chapter. She explores the ways that black Clevelanders began to espouse black power ideals, including black institution building, self-help and self-defense.
Presented by CSU’s Black Studies Program, Dr. Frazier’s appearance is part of the Ralph Pruitt Lecture, Arts and Media Series and Women’s History Month.