Thursday, April 20, 2017, Dr. Jahi Issa will be giving a lecture on the life of Marcus Garvey, sponsored by the Paul Robeson Freedom School. The Paul Robeson Freedom School’s mission is to empower the youth through a culturally related curriculum “while maintaining healthy relationships within the community.” 

During this lecture, Issa will discuss Garvey’s influence on his people and the world. This year will mark their first annual lecture series. Issa is a well-known activist who holds a Ph.D. in history from Howard University. He is a former assistant professor of History and Africana Studies at Delaware State University and the Elizabeth City State University. He also worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Not stopping his community efforts there, he also worked with youth in Ferguson, Mo.

He will be publishing his book on the Marcus Garvey movement in Louisiana. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Brooklyn Christian Center, located on 1061 Atlantic Ave. between Classon and Franklin from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about this event, go to or call 347-618-8675.