Dr. Hakim Williams Receives U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program Award
By Alli Dayton, Staff Writer
On April 2, the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, a professor at Gettysburg College, has received a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program Award.
Williams is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Director of Peace and Justice Studies, an Affiliate of Education, and an Advisory Council Member for International and Global Studies, Public Policy, and Civil War Era Studies.
Williams’ project, which is entitled “Decolonial Peace and Justice Education: A Transatlantic Study of Four Afro-centric, Youth-based Organizations,” will allow him to research in Ghana, Brazil, Jamaica, and Georgia. He will spend approximately three to four months at each of the research sites, which he selected based on the impact they experienced from the transatlantic slave trade.
“My research aims to document how Black youth conceptualize globalized anti-Blackness, and how they mobilize Black pride toward political action and transnational solidarity,” said Williams.
Previous Fulbright Award recipients include Nobel Prize laureates, Pulitzer prize recipients, and heads of state governments. In addition to his Fulbright Award, Williams is also the recipient of a Spencer Foundation grant. He is the first faculty member at Gettysburg College to win the Spencer grant.
Williams said he “hopes to highlight the audacious political work of Black youth amidst a colonially-constructed, global environment that has long been perturbed by Black resilience.”