Dr. Yohuru Williams in front of a building

Biography of Dr. Yohuru Williams

Dr. Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. He received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998. Dr. Williams is the author of:

  • More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (MacMillan, 2023)
  • Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter (MacMillan, 2022)
  • Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015)

He is also the editor of several books and has served as an advisor on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into teaching Civil Rights.

Dr. Williams has appeared on a variety of local and national radio and television programs most notably ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Aljazeera America, BET, CSPAN, EBRU Today, Fox Business News, Fresh Outlook, Huff Post Live, and NPR. He was featured in the Ken Burns PBS Documentary "Jackie Robinson" and the Stanley Nelson PBS Documentary "The Black Panthers." He is also one of the hosts of the History Channel’s Web show "Sound Smart." A regular political commentator on the Cliff Kelly Show on WVON, Chicago, Dr. Williams also blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is a contributor to the Progressive Magazine.

Dr. Williams' scholarly articles have appeared in the American Bar Association’s Insights on Law and Society, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, Pennsylvania History, Delaware History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and the Black History Bulletin. Dr. Williams is also presently finishing a new book entitled In the Shadow of the Whipping Post: Lynching, Capital Punishment, and Jim Crow Justice in Delaware 1865-1965 under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Yohuru Williams speaks with Bianca Jones of the Northside Achievement Zone at the St. Thomas basketball arena

Celebrating Black History with Tommie Athletics

Dr. Yohuru Williams joined community partners from the Northside Achievement Zone and the Sanneh Foundation to celebrate Black History Month alongside Tommie Athletics in Shoenecker Arena.