The Reuben A. and Cheryl Casselberry Munday Distinguished Lecture

Reuben A. Munday ’69, MPS ’74, and Cheryl Casselberry Munday

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In 2014, Reuben and Cheryl Munday established an endowment for an annual distinguished lecture at Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center. Through the Reuben A. Munday ’69, MPS ’74, and Cheryl Casselberry Munday ’72 Distinguished Lecture, the department has had the opportunity to bring leading scholars of African and African-American studies - or otherwise distinguished African-Americans - to campus every year.

The Mundays are loyal Cornellians and are dedicated to giving back to their community, both in Detroit and at Cornell. Reuben is chairman emeritus of the law firm Lewis & Munday P.C. in Detroit, where he has practiced law since 1977. He is a life member of Cornell University Council and a past member of its administrative board. Cheryl Munday is professor of psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy where she is faculty in Masters of Community Development in its School of Architecture. They hope their gift – the first ever endowment in the department – will inspire others to also support Africana Studies and Research Center.



Craig Steven

Craig Steven Wilder studies American urban, intellectual, and cultural history. His most recent book is Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities (2013). A professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, he serves as a senior fellow in the Bard Prison Initiative which provides higher education and opportunity to incarcerated men and women, and he has advised numerous public history projects, including historical documentaries and museum exhibits.

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Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Program in Law and Public Affairs, The University Center for Human Values and Jazz Studies. She is the author of May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop, and the forthcoming: Looking for Lorraine: The Radical and Radiant Life of Lorraine Hansberry. Perry has published scholarly articles in the fields of legal history, cultural studies and literary studies. 

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University - "A Revitalized Black Public Sphere and the Future of American Democracy"

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Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and a political analyst for MSNBC - "Election 2016: Who's Up, Who's Down, & What's Really Going On"


Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality - "A Portal to the Past, A Beacon for the Future: DNA and the Politics of Racial Reconciliation"

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Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA

Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA - "John (and Michael) Brown’s Body: Meditations on War, Race and Freedom"

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