An award-winning and leading poet and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, Prof. Haki R. Madhubuti – publisher, editor, educator, activist —is a pivotal figure in the arts, letters, education, and the protracted liberatory struggle of Black people. Prof. Madhubuti has published over 32 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction. His book, Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The African American Family in Transition, has more than one million copies in print and his poetry and essays have been published in more than 100 anthologies and journals between 1997-2020. His distinguished teaching career includes faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, Morgan State University, and University of Iowa.
Prof. Madhubuti founded Third World Press in 1967, and is a founder of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School (1969), and a cofounder of Betty Shabazz International Charter School and Barbara A. Sizemore Middle School. His latest book, Taught By Women: Poems as Resistance Language, New and Selected (2020), pays homage to an array of women who have influenced him and contributed to his five-decade career of publishing Black writers and contributing to a strong Black literary tradition.