The Professor



Dr. Frank Leon Roberts

Founder, The Black Lives Matter Syllabus. 

Dr. Frank Leon Roberts is an educator and political organizer on the frontlines of the contemporary movement for black lives. A Native New Yorker, he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from New York University where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on James Baldwin. He is the Founder of Black Lives Matter Syllabus, the nationally acclaimed, public educational curriculum that provides resources for teaching BLM in classroom and community settings. Frank’s pioneering work as the “Black Lives Matter Professor” has been featured in Fader Magazine, NPR, CNN, and an extensive variety of other national media outlets.

His book, The Black Lives Matter Syllabus: Key Writings from the Movement for Black Lives is forthcoming from The University of California Press in 2020 with a forward by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. 

Dr. Roberts is currently on the faculty at New York University, where his course on the black lives matter movement has been widely acknowledged as the first college course of its kind. Committed to the idea of teaching as a radical form of community organizing, his courses continue to make headlines as national interventions. He has previously held teaching appointments at The New School for Public Engagement, The City University of New York (at both Hunter College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. Educated at New York University and Yale University, Frank has been the winner of NYU’s 2015 Michael Parkes Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2015 MLK Trailblazer Award (given in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King), and a recipient of the Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the National Research Academies.

His expansive history as an organizer and thought-leader has landed Frank in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Ebony, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Huffington Post and a wide range of publications. A dynamic public speaker, he has been the invited guest at literally hundreds of institutions and colleges around the globe.


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