Alumni Association hosts ‘Lessons on Activism from Malcolm X’

The Pitt Alumni Association and the Muslim Alumni Network will host a discussion on “Lessons of Activism from Malcolm X,” part of the Deliberative Dialogue Series, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Emiola Jay Oriola (A&S ’13), founding program manager of Pitt’s Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement, will moderate the discussion with panelists David Garrow, a former professor at the School of Law, and Ieasha Prime, director of Women’s Programming at Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia.

Garrow is the author of “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama” (Harper Collins, 2017) and “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” (William Morrow, 1986), which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in biography and the seventh annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Prime also is founder of the DC Muslim Women’s Conference. She converted to Islam more than 20 years ago after being a youth ambassador to Morocco and Senegal.

The Deliberative Dialogue series is hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association to promote constructive conversations around difficult topics. Each presentation will highlight a topic related to an underserved population to help bring awareness to the variety of experiences across Pitt alumni.

Registration is required for the event and can be accessed here.

Questions about the series may be directed to Jason Kane at