Akinyele Umoja

Akinyele Umoja

Akinyele Umoja is an educator and scholar-activist. Dr. Umoja has varied experiences as an educator. He has taught in secondary schools, alternative schools, and colleges and universities, as well as developed Afrikan-centered curriculum for public schools and community education programs.[1]

Currently, he is an Associate Professor and department chair in the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU). At GSU, Umoja is responsible for teaching courses related to the history of people of African descent in Georgia, the Civil Rights Movement and other Black political and social movements, courses on the enslavement of African people in the New World, African religion and philosophy, and 19th and 20th century Black political and social movements.

Dr. Umoja’s writing has been featured in scholarly publications as The Journal of Black Studies, New Political Science, The International Journal of Africana Studies, Black Scholar, Radical History Review and Socialism and Democracy. Umoja was one of the contributors to Blackwell Companion on African-American History, edited by

Umoja has been active over thirty-five years in the liberation struggle of Afrikan people, particularly working with the Africa, and Europe. He is particularly committed to work to support and gain amnesty for political prisoners and prisoners of war and to win reparations for Afrikan people. Umoja has also involved himself in the solidarity movement for democracy and self-determination of Haiti.

Dr. Umoja has been a contributor to commercial and popular documentaries on the experience of the Black Freedom struggle. Umoja was a featured commentator on American Gangster Dr. Mutulu Shakur Season 3, Episode 6, which aired on November 8, 2008. He also appears in "Bastards of the Party" (2006), produced by Anthony Fuqua and directed by Cle "Bone" Sloan, and Freedom Archives "Cointelpro 101" (2010). On March 8, 2014, he offered the solemn libations to the African ancestors and mentors of his late friend, Chokwe Lumumba at the late mayor's funeral in Jackson, Mississippi.[2]


Muhammad Speaks Interviews Dr. Akinyele Umoja, Part 1

CNN interview with Dr. Akinyele Umoja

We Will Shoot Back on "Left of Black" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooCLsrba1Ow

We Will Shoot Back at Cornell University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkeSbr3H0w

We Will Shoot Back at the Carruther Center for Inner City Studies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaT7KqS89sI

Akinyele Umoja talks about We Will Shoot Back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ridh8RSTKjU


  1. ^ Professor Akinyele K. Umoja gsu.edu
  2. ^ Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 10 March 2014.