URBANA — Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad and the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, will deliver the annual Malcolm X Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.
The lecture, sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, is free and open to the public.
Before becoming head of the Schomburg in July 2010, Muhammad was a professor of history at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2004, specializing in 20th century U.S. and African-American History.
Muhammad grew up on Chicago's South Side and is the great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, founder and long-time leader of the Nation of Islam. Elijah Muhammad was one of the formative influences who shaped the life and work of Malcolm X, who also became a minister in the Nation of Islam.
Khalil Muhammad's father is Ozier Muhammad, the noted Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist at The New York Times.
Khalil Muhammad is also the author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America" (Harvard University Press, 2010). He is working on his second book, "Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow," which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment.