Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Journal of Traditions & Beliefs Goes Digital!

I am pleased to report that, thanks to support from staff members in CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library, our online journal site is up and running.  It will take some time to publish everything in this new digital environment.    By the end of 2014, however, the following issues should be available via the EngagedScholarship@CSU website:
Volume 1,  2009              “Praying Grounds and Contested Terrain” 

                                             *Already available on the site.  Please follow this link to find out more about the publication:

Volume 2,  2010              “African Religions and Philosophy: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Dr. John S. Mbiti’s Landmark Publication”
                                                Dr. Taiwo Soneye, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Guest Co-Editor
Volume 3,  2011               “Proceedings of the Women and Spirituality Symposium”
                                              Patricia O’Luanaigh, California Institute of Integral Studies, Guest Co-Editor
Volume 4, 2012                “Watching God and Reading Hurston: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
                                               Dr. Gillian Johns, Oberlin College, Guest Co-Editor
You will notice that the issue dates correspond to the dates for companion conferences or other related programs.  The Hurston issue, for example, is related to Cleveland State University’s September 2012 Hurston conference. (For more information on the Hurston conference, please visit
Dr. Regennia N. Williams

April Activities Focus on the 1960s

Dr. Nishani Frazier
Dr. Nishani Frazier


Dr. Nishani Frazier, historian and faculty member at Ohio’s Miami University, is the keynote speaker for “The Sixties and the Struggle: Battles Fought and Lessons Learned.”  


Dr. Frazier’s lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014, 11 a.m., in Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Auditorium.  


A reception and book signing will follow the lecture in the African American Cultural Center, which is located in room 137 of the Main Classroom Building.  Both events are free and open to the public.


Other April 2014 activities include in-class discussions for students in Dr. Regennia N. Williams’ African American history courses, a panel presentation, and screenings of “1964,” “Brother Outsider,” and footage from “Praying Grounds” oral history interviews that highlight the role of institutions and individuals in Cleveland in the larger struggle for civil rights and human dignity. 


As the title suggests, participants in this series are invited to read and discuss selected primary and secondary sources related to the Modern Civil Rights Era, including the following:


“The Ballot or the Bullet” Speech (1964) by Malcolm X / El Hajj Malik El Shabazz​


The “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Speech (1968) by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



The “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” Speech (1967) by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




Walking with the Wind, the award-winning memoir by Congressman John Lewis.


For more information, please contact Dr. Regennia N. Williams at (216) 523-7182 or