Herb Boyd By Any Means Necessary
Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 23 books,
including By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X Real Not Reinvented (co-edited with
Haki Madhubuti, Maulana Karenga, and Ron Daniels); and Civil Rights: Yesterday &
Today. His book Baldwin's Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist
for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient
of an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America,
an anthology. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by the late
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms all over the world, as is his
Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. His articles can be found in such
publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, the Amsterdam News, Cineaste,
Downbeat, The Network Journal, and The Daily Beast among others.
Ron Daniels is President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Founder of
the Haiti Support Project and Distinguished Lecturer at York College City University of
New York. He previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional
Rights, Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and Deputy Campaign
Manager of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's 1988 Campaign for President. In 1990, along with
Dr. James Turner, Dr. Daniels served as Co-Chairman of the National Malcolm X
Commemoration Commission which proclaimed May 19, the birthday of Malcolm X, a
National African American Day of Commemoration.
Maulana Karenga is Professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State
University, Long Beach. An activist-scholar who has played a major role in Black
intellectual and political culture since the 60s, he is the creator of the pan-African cultural
holiday Kwanzaa and the author of several books including the forthcoming novel The
Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: An Emancipatory Critique and Corrective, a study of
the social and ethical philosophy of Malcolm X.
HAKI R. MADHUBUTI—poet, publisher, editor and educator—has published more than
31 books. He founded Third World Press in 1967 and is also a founder of the Institute
of Positive Education/New Concept School, co-founder of Betty Shabazz International
Charter School, Barbara A. Sizemore Middle School, and DuSable Leadership Academy.
Professor Madhubuti is also a founder and chairman of the board of the International
Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. He is an award-winning poet
and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the
Humanities fellowships, American Book Award, and others. His distinguished fortythree-
year teaching career includes faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago,
Cornell University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, Morgan State
University, the University of Iowa and Chicago State University. Madhubuti most
recently served as the 2010-2011 Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul
University. His latest book of poems is Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The
Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice.