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Dr. John Aerni-Flessner

About: Dr. John Aerni-Flessner, is an assistant professor of African and World History in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University. With a PhD in African History, he teaches a wide variety of courses on African affairs, but also on Global Slavery, and has taught a course on Malcolm X in the Lansing area.

Topics: For a public talk, he can discuss the importance of the Lansing area in the making of Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. Michigan played a fundamental role in the shaping of Malcolm’s worldview, but also continued to play a role after he rose to public prominence as he had extensive family contacts in the area and returned regularly for public and private events. The talk would cover some of the formative experiences, as well as the later events, and how the local community has commemorated the legacy of a global figure.

He can also lecture on the global historical legacy of Malcolm and the relationship of African-American activists like Malcolm with efforts to free Africa from colonial rule in particular.

Travel: Dr. Aerni-Flessner is willing to travel statewide to give talks.

Contact: To schedule an appearance contact Dr. Aerni-Flessner at: Phone: 517-884-6008; email: