Reparations: Universalism and the African American Struggle for Autonomy

Join Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua for the next presentation in the Olive Spannaus Education Series, “Reparations: Universalism and the African American Struggle for Autonomy” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Mansion Library.

Dr. Cha-Jua is a professor of African-American Studies and History at the University of Illinois. After his talk, there will be a Q&A.

$5/person. Register here by Nov. 7. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email

About Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua teaches in the departments of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois.

He authored America’s First Black Town, Brooklyn, Illinois, 1830-1915Sankofa: Racial Formation and Transformation, Toward a Theory of African American History and co-edited Race Struggles with Theodore Koditschek and Helen Neville. He has also published scores of articles in leading journals.

Cha-Jua has been President of the National Council for Black Studies (2011-2012, 2012-2014), Senior Editor of The Black Scholar (2011-2015) and Associate Editor of the Journal of African American History (2015-2018). Since September 2015, he has written a biweekly Op-Ed commentary, “RealTalk: A Black Perspective” for the News-Gazette of Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Cha-Jua is a founding scholar/trainer of the Policing in a Multiracial Society Program (PSMP).  Started in 2012, PSMP provides systematic anti-racial bias education and training for police recruits attending the University of Illinois’s Police Training Institute (PTI) and researches the racial attitudes of police and the effectiveness of anti-racist training.

Cha-Jua has been engaged with local and national Black liberation movement organizations since his teen years. He has been a member of the executive board of the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), a member of the National Council of the Black Radical Congress (BRC) and is an organizer for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM).

Olive Spannaus Education Series

Made possible through a gift from Fred Spannaus and Connie Requarth in memory of Olive Wise Spannaus (1916-2018), the Olive Spannaus Education Series highlights underrepresented communities in art, nature, and history, through sessions led by members of those communities.


Nov 08 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 08 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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