Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson will speak as part of a panel discussion, “Public Perceptions of America's Black Male Leaders” on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Rochester.
Joining him on that panel are two prominent community leaders: former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. and James Lawrence, editorial page editor of the Democrat and Chronicle.
Mayor Johnson spoke on “Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day” as part of The President's Forum series in January 2005. A three-term mayor of Rochester, he is a former president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Urban League.
Lawrence, who attended Convocation events on the HWS campus in August 2007, has served as editorial page editor for the past 15 years, overseeing the editorial and Speaking Out pages, and online commentary. He is co-author of a report, “Putting Diversity First: A plan for making the Democrat and Chronicle a national model for newsroom inclusiveness.”
A story about that panel and a previous event in the Baobab Cultural Center's Community Dialogue Event Series was printed in a recent issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Associate Professor Johnson, an expert in racial politics and social policy, is the author of a book, “Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics,” recently published by the University of Minnesota Press.
A member of the faculty since 2001, he earned his B.A. in political science from Southern University-Baton Rouge, an M.A. in Black Studies at the Ohio State University, and an M.A. and his Ph.D. in government and politics at University of Maryland, College Park. He is co-author of “Bibliography of African American Leadership: An Annotated Guide.” Johnson is a member of the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Science and serves on the planning committee for the Rochester Labor Lyceum.
The Baobab Cultural Center's series features local speakers and subject matter experts from universities, colleges, and companies in the region. The goal is to break institutional boundaries and bring knowledge on contemporary issues to the public. It helps to think and talk about issues in a neutral creative space.