Reiland Rabaka is the featured speaker at the 24th annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, titled "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of the Civil Rights Movement."
Rabaka is professor of African, African American, and Caribbean studies in the department of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the author of "Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology," "Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization," "Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory" and "The Negritude Movement."
Each year, the UMass Amherst Libraries mark the Feb. 23, 1868 birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois with a lecture on a topic relating to his life and legacy. The Library was named for Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive W.E.B. Du Bois Papers.
The lecture is free and open to the public.