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Name  Abdul Alkalimat
Role  Author
Education  University of Chicago

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Full Name  Gerald Arthur McWorter
Born  November 21, 1942 (age 73) (1942-11-21)
Alma mater  Ottawa University University of Chicago
Occupation  Professor of African American studies and library and information science Author
Employer  University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Books  Introduction to Afro-American Studies

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Abdul Alkalimat (born Gerald Arthur McWorter, November 21, 1942) is an American professor of African-American studies and library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the author of several books, including Introduction to Afro-American Studies, The African American Experience in Cyberspace, and Malcolm X for Beginners. He curates two websites related to African-American history, "Malcolm X: A Research Site" and "eBlack Studies".


Alkalimat is the great-greatgrandson of Free Frank McWorter.

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Alkalimat lived with his family in Chicago's Frances Cabrini Houses until 1953, when they moved to the city's West Side. In a 2003 interview, Alkalimat remembered his childhood in public housing:

Though I remember ... people outside the project saying, "Ah, you're living on welfare, kinda." But I think I had a childhood second to none. I remember those years as golden years, frankly. I cherish having grown up in Cabrini.

Alkalimat attended Ottawa University, where he earned a B.A. in sociology and philosophy in 1963. He completed his M.A. in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1966, and earned a Ph.D. in sociology there in 1974.

During the late 1960s, he helped create the Institute of the Black World (IBW) in Atlanta with professors Vincent Harding and Stephen Henderson and other student activists including Howard Dodson, A. B. Spellman, William Strickland, and Council Taylor. The IBW became "the most dynamic black 'think tank' of the era", according to Peniel E. Joseph, assistant professor of Africana studies at Stony Brook University.

In the early 1970s, Alkalimat established Peoples College, a black nationalist think tank. He wrote Introduction to Afro-American Studies: A Peoples College Primer (1984), which has become a popular text and gone through several editions.

Alkalimat helped to organize the Illinois Council for Black Studies, and in 1982 he hosted the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS). He was elected the NCBS chairman, but the organization's board questioned the results and called for a new election the following year to determine whether Alkalimat's ascension to the post was legitimate. In an election that many members considered confusing, Alkalimat was voted out. New voting rules were adopted by the board that made the results retroactive, stripping Alkalimat of his chairmanship.

In 1991, Alkalimat wrote Malcolm X for Beginners. He and his publisher, Writers and Readers Press, were sued by Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, and Pathfinder Press, which has exclusive rights to publish Malcolm X's speeches. Shabazz and Pathfinder alleged the book contained quotations from Malcolm X without permission. Alkalimat and his publisher said that the book's quotations were permitted under the fair use doctrine. The matter was settled out of court, with Alkalimat relinquishing all royalties from the book.

Selected works

  • Introduction to Afro-American Studies (1984) Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press (available online)
  • Harold Washington and the Crisis of Black Power in Chicago (1989) Chicago: Twenty-First Century Books (with Douglas C. Gills)
  • Malcolm X for Beginners (1990) New York: Writers and Readers Press (available for download in PDF format)
  • Job?Tech: The Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Society (1995) Chicago: Twenty-First Century Books (with Douglas C. Gills and Kate Williams)
  • The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Resource Guide to the Best Websites on Black Culture and History (2004) Sterling, Va.: Pluto Press
  • eBlack Studies (2004) Chicago: Twenty-First Century Books
  • "Cyberpower". Public Sphere Project. Schuler. 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2015.  (with Kate Williams)
  • References

    Abdul Alkalimat Wikipedia