Julianne Malveaux

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Julianne Malveaux

Template:TOCnestleft Julianne Malveaux is serving as the 15th President of Bennett College. She has worked as an economist, author, and commentator and is now the founder of Last Word Productions, Inc, a multimedia production company.

She is[1]an :outspoken activist for issues surrounding race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts.

Malvaux was described by Dr. Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country[2]."


Malveaux was born on September 22, 1953, in San Francisco. She studied economics at Boston College, obtaining a B.A. in 1974 and an M.A. in 1975. Malveaux obtained a Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.

After finishing her studies at M.I.T., Malveaux returned to San Francisco, where she worked as an assistant professor at San Francisco University from 1981 to 1985. She then worked as a visiting scholar and visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1985 to 1992, teaching economics, public policy and African American studies.[3]

South Africa benefit

On January 17 1986, a benefit concert was held at Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, for the National Emergency Fund of the South African Council of Churches.

Dinner Committee Members included Hon. Alan Cranston, Hon. Leo McCarthy, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Hon. Sala Burton, Hon. Ron Dellums (a DSA member), Hon. Don Edwards, Hon. Tom Lantos Hon. George Miller, Jr. Hon. Norman Mineta, Hon. Pete Stark, Hon. Willie Brown, plus Democratic Socialists of America members Julian Bond, Nancy Skinner, Harry Britt, John Henning, Adam Hochschild, Frances Moore Lappe, Stanley Sheinbaum, Communist Party USA affiliates Wilson Riles, Jr., Maudelle Shirek, Al Lannon, and Irving Sarnoff, and radical socialists Julianne Malveaux, Drummond Pike, John George, Peter Yarrow and actor/activist Sidney Poitier.[4]

1987 Rainbow conference/Board

At the 1987 National Rainbow convention in Raleigh North Carolina, a new board was elected, which included Julianne Malveaux.

Socialist Scholars Conference

Komozi Woodard, Walter Stafford, Lynne Mosley and Julianne Malveaux were speakers on the Urban Crisis and People of Color panel sponsored by the DSA African American Commission at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[5]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Julianne Malveaux, Economist & Syndicated Columnist, Washington, DC[6].

Economic Policy Institute

Julianne Malveaux serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute[7].

The Black Scholar

Malveaux was a contributor to The Black Scholar.[8]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Julianne Malveaux a Economist, Author, Washington, DC signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[9]

Black Commentator

As of 2009 Julianne Malveaux was listed on the Editorial Board for the Black Commentator.[10]


Dr. Malveaux's contributions to the "public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts, are helping to shape public opinion in 21st century America". Her work appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, Essence magazine, and The Progressive. Her weekly columns appear in numerous newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Charlotte Observer, the New Orleans Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, and the San Francisco Examiner[11].

"Black agenda"

Tavis Smiley organized and hosted the forum, held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Chicago State University on the city’s South Side. The confab offered up a provocative query: Is there room for a black agenda in the “post-racial America” of Barack Obama?

The televised event drew about 3,000 people, heard Smiley lead a four-hour conversation among 12 black intellectuals, educators and activists. The mix included longtime Smiley compatriots, academics like Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson and Julianne Malveaux. Others were longtime black leaders like the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan. Most of them came, they said, to “lovingly” take Obama to the woodshed.

DC CBC Town Hall

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held a National Town Hall Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located in Washington, D.C., as part of their 2011 iLead iServe 41st Annual Legislative Conference.

The National Town Hall Meeting, entitled “Economic Opportunity, Jobs!” was held on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The meeting involved a panel discussion, which focused on the high rates of unemployment against Blacks and underprivileged communities.

The panelists included Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College for Women; Robert L. Johnson, Founder of RLJ Companies; Congresswoman Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative for California’s 35th Congressional District ; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman; and Mr. William Lucy, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.[12]

Black Liberation Theoreticians

Circa 2012, a Black Left Unity Directory;

Ashaki Binta/NC, William Darity /NC, Ajamu Dillahunt /NC, Joyce Johnson /NC, Nelson Johnson /NC, Joseph Jordan, Julianne Malveaux / NC, Shafeah M'Balia, Naeema Muhammad /NC, Saladin Muhammad /NC, Mark Anthony Neal /NC, Ed Whitfield /NC, Leah Wise / NC.[13]

Detroit bankruptcy fightback

In the wake of the municipal bankruptcy filed by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, on Sept. 7 2014, about 500 people attended a rally sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. and chaired by Democratic Socialists of America member Professor Michael Eric Dyson, with panelists including the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP; City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson; Al Garrett, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25; and columnist Julianne Malveaux. The speakers stressed the need for mass mobilization in the streets to challenge the racist Wall Street attack on Detroit, a majority African-American city.[14]

Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee

As of 2015 the Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee included;[15]

Busboys and Poets

Julianne Malveaux November 7, 2018:


TONIGHT -- Talk politics with me and the Colored Girls in the wake of yesterday's midterm elections. Come to the Brookland Busboys and Poets to hear Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore talk about their historic book, their thoughts about the Democratic Party, and the path to 2020!

Honoring Barber


Julianne Malveaux is with Dorothy Cowser Yancy and 92 others. May 1 2019 at 2:40 AM.

Things go better with activists😎. So it was great to attend the Institute for Policy Studies gathering at the Library of Congress. Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced Rev. William J. Barber II, who received the inaugural Marcus Ruskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage. His remarks, always right on time, were exceptionally inspirational. I didn’t know Marcus Raskin, but am a fan of his son, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md), who gave moving remarks about his dad! A really special occasion! Congrats, Rev. Barber!!!

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