Big day at the NBT

Herb Boyd | 5/15/2014, 4:52 p.m.

“Ready for revolution” was the battle cry for Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), and it was also a mantra by which the activist lived during his spirited stay among us. Tufts University professor Peniel Joseph has applied a similar resolute commitment in his biography “Stokely: A Life,” (Basic Civitas, 2014), and this Saturday, May 17 at the National Black Theatre, he will be on hand to discuss some of the current feedback and developments concerning the book.

Joining Joseph will be Viola Plummer of the December 12th Movement and Yohuru Williams, director of Black studies at Fairfield University, among others. This program, sponsored by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, convenes at 4 p.m., and after the forum, there will be a book signing.

Prior to this event will be a morning session under the aegis of the Pan-African Unity Dialogue (PAUD), featuring U.N. Ambassador from St. Vincent and Grenadines Rhonda King. Among the many dignitaries on the program are George Gresham of 1199SEIU and former Mayor David Dinkins.

The program will include a continental breakfast from 10:30-11 a.m., which will be followed by the meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The National Black Theatre is located on Fifth Avenue at the corner of 125th Street. Ron Daniels, the convener and president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, is asking that attendees come prepared to make a tax-deductible contribution to help cover the costs associated with convening PAUD Meetings, e.g., mailings, food and the space, and purchase books if they choose. Finally, please confirm your attendance by emailing Brenda Blot at or call 718-429-1415.