Associate professor of political science Cedric Johnson will join with representatives of George Washington University and Howard University in celebrating February as Black History Month at a lecture series in Frederick, Md.
An expert in racial politics and social policy, Johnson will speak on “From Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the making of African American politics,” which is the title of his latest book. He is expected to delve into the major political and intellectual currents from the Black Power era to the present, exploring the movement's shift from radical aims to mainstream politics.
In “Revolutionaries,” Johnson reveals how black political life gradually conformed to liberal democratic capitalism and how the movement's most radical aims were gradually obscured by more moderate aspirations. Although Black Power activists transformed the face of local and national government in the United States, Johnson contends that this shift in goals restricted the struggle for social justice to the world of formal politics.
The series is co-hosted by Hood College and the Frederick County (Md.) Chapter of the NAACP. It will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Hood College's Marx Center.
Other speakers include Ronald D. Palmer, professor emeritus at George Washington University, discussing “The Man Behind Quinn's Chapel;” and Ida Jones of Howard University, who will profile “Carter G. Woodson: From Education of the Negro to Miseducation of the Negro.”
A member of the faculty since 2001, Johnson 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. A member of the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Science, he serves on the planning committee for the Rochester Labor Lyceum.