Dr. Lawrence Little to Lecture on Black Economic Empowerment at Chestnut Hill College 

Release Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Lawrence S. Little, Ph.D., associate professor of African American history at Villanova University will speak on “The History of Black Economic Empowerment” on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the History Department at Chestnut Hill College and Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history.

Dr. Little’s lecture will examine the economic struggles and accomplishments of African American society from colonial America to present day, with considerations for the economic future of this group. Dr. Little will also speak about the Urban League, an organization that promotes equality and advocates on the behalf of all African Americans, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.

Dr. Lawrence Little is currently an Associate Professor of African American History at Villanova University, Pa. where he has taught since 1993. His teaching areas include: African American History, American History, Racism and Race Relations, Civil Rights, U.S. Foreign Policy, and World History.

Dr. Little has been published in The North Star, the Journal of Asian and African Studies and The Western Journal of Black Studies. His book, “Disciples of Liberty: The African Methodist Church in the Age of Imperialism, 1884-1916,” examines African American reactions to global events and issues at the turn of the century. Dr. Lawrence S. Little received his undergraduate degree from Coppin State College in Baltimore, Md. and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in American history from Ohio State University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Lorraine Coons, chair of the History and Political Science Department at 215.248.7184 or e-mail lcoons@chc.edu.