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New York Times Bestselling Author & Chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies
One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Du Bois, "not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful." Read More >
Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. He is also on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. He frequently appears in the media, as a columnist for TIME Magazine and as an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays. Glaude also hosts Princeton’s AAS podcast, a conversation around the field of African American Studies and the Black experience in the 21st century.
A highly accomplished and respected scholar of religion, Glaude is a former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize.
Some like to describe Glaude as the quintessential Morehouse man, having left his home in Moss Point, Mississippi at age 16 to begin studies at the HBCU and alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
Glaude is known both for his inspiring oratory and ability to convene conversations that engage fellow citizens from all backgrounds — from young activists to corporate audiences looking for a fresh perspective on DEI. In 2011, he delivered Harvard’s DuBois lectures. His 2015 commencement remarks at Colgate University titled, "Turning Our Backs," was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best commencement speeches of the year.
Combining a scholar’s knowledge of history, a political commentator’s take on the latest events, and an activist’s passion for social justice, Glaude challenges all of us to examine our collective American conscience, "not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew." Read Less ^
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For the majority of Americans, the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is frozen in time. We easily think of him as the leader of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott or as the passionate preacher delivering “I Have a Dream” in 1963. Acclaimed scholar Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., takes a look at another facet of the MLK story: Dr. King’s later and final years — when he was doubtful and felt that the country had turned its back on him. Five years after “I Have a Dream,” King was grappling with despair and disillusionment over the country’s direction — a sentiment he shared with James Baldwin, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers and chroniclers of the Black experience. When the two men met a few months before Dr. King’s murder, both were desperately trying to re-narrate the civil rights movement and change the consciousness of America. In this inspiring and thought-provoking keynote, Dr. Glaude examines this critical juncture in the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and what we all must do to make America live up to its promise. “We long for a Dr. King or an Abe Lincoln, because we don’t see our own capabilities as being sufficient,” Glaude has said. “History converged in a way that called Dr. King forward, and he answered the call. That can happen with anybody. We don’t need another Martin Luther King. We need everyday, ordinary people. We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”
Bringing an outsider’s view and a fresh take to conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. challenges organizations to go beyond just stating their DEI vision to authentically living its values. Key to this is understanding how the value gap (the belief that some people matter more than others) evidences itself in the corporate world and how it is counterintuitive to an innovative organizational culture that attracts and retains top talent. “Racial equality and genuine diversity in the workspace are not a charitable enterprise,” he says. “They are consistent with an overall mission and have everything to do with who we take ourselves to be.” Viewing DEI through an ethical and highly pragmatic lens, Dr. Glaude urges organizations to set bold goals and shift their approaches to create an environment that truly leverages talent and maximizes it at all levels –from junior employees to the C-Suite.
What does it mean to commit oneself to deconstructing the idea of whiteness and the way in which it determines the distribution of advantage and disadvantage? How does one do that when the language of racism comes to us as naturally as language itself? For Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., anti-racism isn’t about making a list of action items and then checking off some boxes. It is a highly ethical position — the reflection of a committed, moral choice to reject the idea that some people should be valued more than others. Calling on audiences to engage in an ongoing critique of racism’s manifestations, he challenges all of us to work together to create the conditions for people to think more carefully and systematically about the issues that we confront. As James Baldwin wrote in 1962: “The trouble is deeper than we think, because the trouble is in us.” According to Dr. Glaude, eliminating racism will take a lot more work than checking off some boxes. It’s going to take nothing less than a moral reckoning.
America’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in in the ears of Black Americans. Today, more than 60 years after the civil rights movement, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. says the situation is equally dire — and yet, the promise still lives. Drawing from his landmark book, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and his New York Times bestseller Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, Dr. Glaude presents a picture of race and democracy that is colored by current events and framed by African American history. Bearing witness to the difficult truth in our country today, Dr. Glaude lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.
As a political pundit on Meet the Press, Morning Joe and Dateline White House and columnist for TIME Magazine, Dr. Glaude is a scholar who keeps his finger on the pulse of the ever-changing state of the country. In these current event-focused talks, he takes on issues ranging from Washington politics to social justice, religion, race and police reform, with up-to-the minute insights on the topics of today.
In 1963, James Baldwin delivered his famous “A Talk To Teachers” (originally, “The Negro Child — His Self-Image”) to an audience of educators. Drawing upon this historic speech, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. brings the same issues — generational poverty, inequity, institutional racism—what Baldwin called being “born in the shadow of the stars and stripes” — into the educational environment of today. Dr. Glaude examines what Baldwin called “the paradox of education”: that education is designed to socialize one into the basic structure of society as it is, yet it is also designed to make you a critical thinker. What does that contradiction mean to Black and Brown children observing the ugliness in the worlds from which many of these children come? Dr. Glaude challenges educators, whom Baldwin called, “those who deal with the minds and hearts of young people” to become agents for societal change.
"We would like to thank you for doing such an AMAZING JOB today!! Your presentation was thought-provoking and very much needed. As I stated in the welcome, we would not have discussed racism openly a year ago. And in full transparency, we did not know how receptive our colleagues would be to this conversation. However, the feedback that we have received so far has been extremely positive!! Many colleagues have reached out requesting books to read on the topic and more programs such as this one in the future. We are hopeful that this conversation will continue to open up a deeper discussion within our company."
“Thank you so much….Dr. Glaude was honestly incredible. He had amazing energy, managed to cover dozens of wide ranging topics while also moving quickly, he was fascinating and really blew us all away! Thank you!”
“The Juneteenth presentation was amazing. So much was covered by Dr. Glaude and I really want to hear and understand it all. I found the presentation very impactful...full of important messages to carry forward in our daily lives here at Deloitte. Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. was BRILLIANT! My colleagues and I were raving about him on our group chat as he was speaking...he was so wonderful! I hope to hear Dr. Glaude speak at future events. Hearing him share his experience, knowledge and insights was truly enlightening.”
"Your passionate and valuable perspective on race and democracy in America was so in harmony with our conference theme, 'Diversity is a Verb.' It was, without a doubt, a truly cerebral presentation for all in attendance! We are so grateful you took the time to share your insight and shrewdness with The Ohio State University community."
“Dr. Glaude’s presentation was phenomenal. I have received rave reviews from members across the spectrum at Columbia with deep thanks for having hosted him for this Dean’s Lecture in Medical Education. The gravity, the power of his words, his commitment to eventual racial justice in America, his vast historical and literary knowledge of Blacks in America were arresting. He challenged, inspired, moved, awakened the audience. Were we to have been in an auditorium together, I guarantee that there would have been minutes of standing ovation. The reviews have not stopped from Columbia community members including a division chief in the Department of Medicine, an Emeritus Professor of Religion and a former chair of Bioinformatics to name a few—all in genuine thanks for having brought Dr. Glaude’s voice of passion and reason and promise and dread to us.”
“Dr. Glaude went above and beyond our expectations! His words were convincing, convicting, challenging and comforting all at once. Dr. Glaude delivered his speech with the passion we desire our students to exhibit as 21st century educators. Working with APB has been a real pleasure. I absolutely recommend APB services and speakers to any institution or organization working with students.”
"It was more than we could have ever anticipated. The content, the delivery, the passion...it was all thrilling. I so enjoyed the opportunity to engage 1-1 with Dr. Glaude. His contribution today has created a significant step forward. I received emails from colleagues asking if the event was recorded because they heard that it was excellent! They know that they missed out on something special today."
"I wanted to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for Dr. Glaude speaking to the employees of LVMH yesterday. The session was amazing and the feedback has been incredible and empowering. I’m sure he does tons of these sessions a day, a week, a month, but if you could please share with him how impactful yesterday was, not only to me and the D&I mission of LVMH but to so many individual employees trying to navigate the corporate landscape. He spoke to people’s souls yesterday and for that, I am indebted. I appreciate APB for making this happen and working so flawlessly with me to curate an event and experience that was amazing."
"Professor Glaude was simply extraordinary. The reactions to the event from colleagues have been ecstatic. Hundreds of colleagues, lawyers and nonlawyers, attended, more than I believe have ever attended a (nonmandatory) presentation like this at the firm. Please convey to him my gratitude for everything – for writing the book, for reading it so beautifully (I had to get the audible version, too!), for introducing me too Baldwin’s nonfiction, for inspiring me to go back to A Love Supreme for the first time in years, and for presenting his ideas to our firm with such depth, candor and passion."
"Dr. Glaude, the response to your electric presentation this morning has been stupendous. All day, my colleagues and I have been responding to emails, chats – all forms of communications – with positive reactions to the insights and lessons you imparted. We are extremely grateful that you were able to join us today and to contribute to our efforts to tell a different story. We cannot wait to have you back!"
"It was truly AMAZING!! Dr. Glaude nailed it in every way. This was one of the best programs we've had in 20 years. I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks again for your help - APB is the BEST!!"
"Please relay our gratitude to Professor Glaude - tell him it was expanding, provocative and nourishing for us to hear from him. We are all grateful for his generous engagement."
"I just wanted to say that after almost 15 years of attending Law School lectures, the one I just watched with Professor Glaude was by far the best one I have ever attended and I wish it could have been in person. It may be because I was able to directly relate more so than past lectures or because I, like so many other Americans, have become a lot more political in recent years. Either way, I really enjoyed it and I just wanted to let you know."
"Dr. Glaude's talk was phenomenal on yesterday. Our community was deeply inspired and ignited by his talk!"
“Dr. Glaude's talk provided a new lens through which to view Dr. King and James Baldwin. It complicated our ideas of who these two icons were, forced us to ask new questions about them, and it also challenged us to hold a mirror up to ourselves as an educational institution. His remarks were insightful, impassioned, and made a great impact on our community. We were extremely pleased to work with APB to bring Dr. Glaude to our virtual space for this event. Their professionalism was evident at every turn, making planning on our end very efficient.”
"Wow! Dr. Glaude was amazing. Thank you for helping with all of the arrangements. I look forward to working with you again in the near future."
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