Guyanese born Russell Rickford is not afraid to speak his mind especially on issues covering blacks in America. You can tell from his many lectures and speeches that he is passionate changing the way we think about society.
Rickford is currently Assistant Professor at Cornell University and specializes in the black radical tradition and black political culture after WWII. His interests include intellectual history, labor history, postcolonial studies and the history of education. He teaches courses in American social and political history and the history of 20th century social movements.
He is committed to exposing students to the value of social class and political economy as categories of analysis. He is dedicated to helping young people think independently and critically about the political discourses and ideologies that shape our lives and configure power relations.
Here is Professor Rickford giving the 2016 MLK Day keynote speech at Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca NY