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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department

William Strickland, Associate Professor


321 New Africa House


Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-2:00 p.m.


W. E. B. Du Bois: The Prime Minister of the State We Never Had, by Professor Bill Strickland


Fall 2013

AfroAm 691F "Black Political Struggle"

Brief Bio
Professor Bill Strickland teaches political science in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection. The Du Bois Papers are housed at the University of Massachusetts library, which is named in honor of this prominent African American intellectual and Massachusetts native. Professor Strickland is a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Strickland was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize , and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, Malcolm X : Make It Plain.  He also wrote the companion book.  Most recently, Professor Strickland was a consultant on the Louis Massiah film on W.E.B. Du Bois: W.E.B. Du Bois : A Biography in Four Voices.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Works of William L. Strickland



Malcolm X: Make It Plain, text by William Strickland;

oral histories selected and edited by Cheryll Y. Greene

(New York, Viking, 1994)