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, editor, and or co-author of numerous books including: 

  • "Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter"
  • "After Life: A Collective History of Loss and Redemption in Pandemic America"
  • "Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement," and 
  • "In Search of the Black Panther Party"

In addition to being a regular contributor on the History channel, Dr. Williams has appeared on a variety of local and national radio and television programs including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Almanac, BET, and NPR. He was featured in the Ken Burns PBS Documentary, "Jackie Robinson" and the Stanley Nelson PBS Documentary, "The Black Panthers."

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' latest book, "More Than A Dream: The Radical Roots of the March on Washington," will be released August 2023.

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.