Tavis Smiley to moderate panel on the ‘State of Black America’

Television host and author  TAVIS SMILEY will be the moderator of a panel titled “The State of Black America 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation: Honoring the Past, Defining the Future.” The event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in CEMEX Auditorium at the Knight Management Center, is free and open to the public.

The discussion, sponsored by the Program in African and African American Studies (AAAS), is this year’s St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture.

Panelists are:

ARNETHA BALL, professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and director of AAAS;

RALPH RICHARD BANKS, professor at Stanford Law School;

ALLYSON HOBBS, assistant professor of history at Stanford;

MARC LAMONT HILL, associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University;

ROBIN D. G. KELLEY, professor of history, University of California–Los Angeles;

NA’ILAH NASIR, associate professor and chair of African American Studies, University of California–Berkeley.

The lecture series  is dedicated to the memory of the late  ST. CLAIR DRAKE, renowned professor of sociology and anthropology, an early researcher on black Americans. Drake also was the founding director of Stanford’s Program in African and African American Studies. He died in 1990.