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In fact I believe the real reason why DSU and the Dover Police Department have

taken a militant stance against Dr. Issa is because of his exercise of free speech

in an article he wrote on September 6, 2011 for the Black Agenda Report

titled The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama



Support Letter for Dr Jahi Issa

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California State University

Dominguez Hills



April 29, 2012


College of Arts and Humanities

Division of World Cultural Studies

Department of Africana Studies

“A Place Where Scholars, Thinkers and Leaders are Nurtured”

1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson CA 90747 

Office (310) 243-3420 fax (310) 243-1080


Dear Citizens and Colleagues:

My name is Rev. Dr. Salim Faraji and I am an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills and a minister in the Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irvine, California. I am writing in support of my colleague and dear friend Dr. Jahi Issa. It is my honor to testify and bear witness to his integrity, dedication and impeccable character as a human being, scholar and civic guardian of the common good. I am concerned about recent developments regarding Dr. Issa’s arrest by the police departments at Delaware State University and the City of Dover where he was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer and inciting a riot. Despite the fact that numerous witnesses have stated that Dr. Issa did none of the above, Dr. Issa is still facing more than two years in prison. Not only are these charges bogus, but completely unfounded in light of Dr. Issa’s record of service and educational excellence to American higher education.

Dr. Issa is a product of the urban communities of St. Louis, Missouri . . . . He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Southern University, master’s degree at Southern University and his Ph. D. at Howard University. His entire professional focus has been to give back to the very institutions that shaped and prepared him for both social and academic leadership. Dr. Issa loves the legacy and mission of HBCUs and his commitment to student empowerment is unwavering. He models the practices of the socially engaged pedagogue and therefore his instruction to students to exercise their freedom of speech by questioning institutional policy at Delaware State University with regard to recruitment and retention of African American faculty and students should not be misconstrued as riotous or rebellious behavior, but a deep concern for maintaining fidelity to the federally stated mission of the HBCU.

In fact I believe the real reason why DSU and the Dover Police Department have taken a militant stance against Dr. Issa is because of his exercise of free speech in an article he wrote on September 6, 2011 for the Black Agenda Report titled “The Ethnic Cleansing of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Age of Obama.” In that article Delaware State University among other HBCUs was named as an institution where White student enrollment along with other non-African Americans is on the rise—and concurrently African American faculty have been declining in recent years. Dr. Issa should not be penalized and harassed by law enforcement and university administration for having raised these issues in a public forum.

He after all is a professor and constituent at Delaware State University. I object to any charges that have been filed against him and I request that all allegations be immediately dismissed. Equally important, Dr. Issa deserves a public apology and an official acknowledgment of his role in seeking to advance the historic mission of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In addition, please call Delaware State University President, Dr. Harry L. Williams and Delaware Attorney General Joseph “Beau” Biden III and ask them to reinstate Dr. Issa to his teaching position and to drop all charges against Dr. Issa.

Delaware State University’s President Office # 302-465-6001

Delaware Attorney General’s Office # 302-577-8400


Dr. Salim Faraji, Associate Professor

Department of Africana Studies

California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E. Victoria Street

Carson, CA 90746


Source: HBCU Iinstitute

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Africana Studies Professor Arrested at Delaware State Student Protest

7 Mar 2012

The arrest of a Delaware State University professor at a student demonstration last week has raised concerns about academic freedom and First Amendment rights. A group of DSU students gathered Thursday near the Martin Luther King Student Center with plans to walk through the Dover campus carrying signs and distributing information to other students. They eventually ended up at a DSU Board of Trustees meeting to voice their concerns about the university not doing enough to preserve its identity as a historically black institution.

Some time in between, DSU's police force attempted to order the group to disperse because it had not obtained the proper permits from the university. That is what has caught the attention of some DSU alumni and free-speech advocates. The dispute came to a head when Jahi Issa, an assistant professor of history and Africana Studies, was led away from the student center by two campus police officers and later charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law-enforcement officer and inciting a riot.

DSU officials said Issa acted aggressively toward police. Issa said Monday he was simply there to support students in their civic engagement and "remind them of their First Amendment rights" when police approached him. "I never insulted anyone. I never hit anyone. I was attacked," he said. "They were pulling my arms up. I was losing my breath. I said, 'You're hurting me.' I told them I was getting hurt, and I was losing my breath."

Issa said the next thing he knew, he was on the ground. DSU officials saw the situation differently. It was clear that Issa collapsed "under his own power" and "without any assistance by our police department," said Carlos Holmes, DSU's spokesman.

DSU's vice president of student affairs, Kemal Atkins, said he has gathered information on the incident and watched videos taken by students. "There was nothing that I saw that would lead me to believe that the officers did anything but act in an appropriate manner,"Atkins said. "There was nothing in there that led me to believe that there was any police brutality of any kind."—h-net.msu

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DSU should be embarrassed by their reactionary and unfounded charges against Professor Issa. I have known Professor Issa for at least a decade, and I have found him to be a concerned activist and scholar, with a pleasant personality. The idea of him fighting the campus police and inciting a riot is outrageous. I guess faculty or anyone for that matter at DSU do not have the right of free speech, free expression or the right to peacefully protest a perceived wrong or oversight. The situation is indeed ‘depressing’.  I will protest, and I encourage everyone to do the same to stop this academic lynching.—Abdul Alkalimat, h-net.msu

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Greetings: I am not sure if you are aware of the Delaware State University professor who was arrested in his hospital bed March 1, 2012 after supporting a peaceful student protest questioning the University administration on its low percentage of African American professors. If not, I can send you some info. It seems that the first amendment rights of the professor and the students have been breached. And notwithstanding, the brother has been charged with four misdemeanors and if convicted, he could face up to two years in jail in what seems to a staged retaliatory attacked because of an article he wrote on the ethnic cleansing of HBCUs.—Itibari M. Zulu, Th.D., JPAS

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This man truly cares about the students and can relate to us. However I also feel that he is being taken for granted and overlooked and may be one of those people that does not get full recognition until he is no longer with our institution, sadly. In addition, Dr. Issa is a consultant for Sinclair Skinner, co-author of The Origin of the Word Amen: Ancient Knowledge the Bible Has Never Told, graduate of Howard University, author of “The Call for African American Sovereignty,” a speaker at the Melanin Mixer promoting “Libraries For Africa”, has been featured on the Assata Shakur Forums, and so much more).—Master “ML” Brown, DSU, myhbcuinterview

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Follow Up: ACLU backs Delaware State University professor arrested during protest—Antonio Prado—20 March 2012—Delaware State University Assistant Professor Dr. Jahi Issa has obtained the legal assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union in fighting a possible violation by the university on his First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Delaware State University Police arrested Issa Feb. 29 as they were trying to disperse 20 students protesting DSU President Dr. Harry Williams’ management style because they did not have a permit. Police then levied several charges against him and banned him from campus.

The ACLU of Delaware has been representing Issa because DSU’s placing him on administrative leave and instructing him not to contact any DSU student or employee raise important issues under the First Amendment, ACLU Executive Director Kathleen MacRae said. “At the time Dr. Issa was arrested students were gathering for the purpose of walking to the DSU Board of Trustees meeting to express their views on issues of importance to them,” she said. “DSU was not entitled to require a permit for that activity, any more than a town would have been under the circumstances.”

DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes declined to comment on this latest development. “The situation with Dr. Issa is unchanged,” he said. “He is on paid administrative leave pending a university investigation, which is ongoing. From our end, that about all we can say about the gentlemen's situation at this point.” . . . A group of 20 students began protesting Williams at around 1 p.m., Feb. 29 for a critical report by the state auditor on the university’s business practices and for the increasing number of non-black students at the historically black college. DSU Police arrested Issa when he allegedly became verbally abusive as they dispersed the crowd, Holmes said.

Police later charged him with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer and inciting a riot. He was released on his own recognizance by the magistrate judge in Kent County Justice of the Peace Court 7. DSU police then issued Issa a no-trespass notice and he was told he could only enter campus with permission from the police, Holmes said. . . .Issa has retained attorney Melissa Dill of Ligouri & Morris in Dover to help him fight the criminal charges against him. He is scheduled to appear in the Court of Common Pleas for preliminary proceedings on May 3.—doverpost

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Delaware State University history Professor Dr. Jahi Issa is arrested by DSU police during a Feb. 29 protest on campus. Dr. Issa believes his First Amendment right to peaceably assemble was violated. DSU officials had no comment on the pending investigation.

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Dr. Jahi Issa Legal Defense Fund—Dr. Issa is facing more than 2 years in jail for crimes he did not commit.  Please donate to his defense fund by clicking the link below. He will keep you abreast with updates regarding his ongoing legal issues. Thank you—HBCU Institute

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No Need to Overhaul America's Black Colleges

30 October 2011

To the Editor:

"A Multidimensional Challenge for Black Colleges" (The Chronicle, September 18) is an old story with a new twist. All the examples that John Silvanus Wilson Jr. gives in the article suggest that historically black colleges need a substantial overhaul in order to compete in a highly competitive growing global economy. This is far from the truth. Like most universities in America, historically black institutions have their share of problems; however, no one can deny that with a fraction of financial support that the predominantly white universities receive, historically black colleges are doing more than their share.

For example, in the areas of agriculture, biology, mathematics, and physical sciences, historically black institutions account for more than 40 percent of all bachelor degrees earned by African-Americans. This means that historically black colleges are a strategic resource for the higher education of African-Americans.

The article hints at an old ideological debate over who would control the socialization and training of hundreds of thousands of African-Americans who choose to attend historically black colleges. From the end of Reconstruction until the end of the civil-rights and Black Power eras, much of African-American higher education was in the control of the same corporate and philanthropic entities that the author suggests African-Americans now embrace for advancement. During those earlier periods, Northern business tycoons not only controlled the ebb and flow of black higher education, they also encouraged African-Americans to be subservient to white authority and emphasized that African-Americans should not pursue their own self-interest.

The author's call for historically black colleges to partner with business and industry could mean that once again African-American education would be in the control of those who have historically denied African-American pursuit for self-determination and access to full citizenry. If this is done, African-American higher education as we know it could be a thing of the past.

Jahi Issa
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
Delaware State University
Dover, Del.

Source: Chronicle

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Jahi Issa is a pragmatic Pan Africanist/activist/scholar/humanitarian and Professor of Africana Studies and United States History. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Issa has engaged in more than 30 trips to various African countries and is the founder and president of Building Libraries for Africa.

In 2003, Dr. Issa served as a consultant for the W. E. B. Du Bois Center and Panafest Festival in Ghana, West Africa. He was also responsible for setting up a U.S. tour for the Du Bois center’s Executive Director, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, the son of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

While teaching at Elizabeth City State University, Dr. Issa organized a cultural festival centered on the oldest Civil War Monument dedicated to African Americans in the country. He was also the grassroots organizer for Obama’s presidential campaign in North Eastern, North Carolina and was responsible for soliciting and setting up that regions first ever Presidential Campaign office.

Dr. Issa has worked for several United States Federal Agencies. He was a former Forrest Technician with the U.S. Forrest Service. He also served as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and also served as an Archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration.

Dr. Issa has published several books and scholarly articles. He is the author of the Business Guide for Investing in Africa. He is also the co-author of the Origin of the Word Amen. Dr. Issa’s latest project is a study of grassroots political activist in Louisiana and is due to be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012.

Dr. Issa received his Ph.D from Howard University, his M.A. from Southern University, and his B.A. from Texas Southern University. He also attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Issa was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and currently teaches at Delaware State University.—sinclairskinner

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In this work, Dr. Wilson chronicles the development of black newspapers in New York City and draws parallels to the development of presses in Washington, D.C., and in 46 of the 50 United States. He describes the involvement of the press with civil rights and the interaction of black and nonblack columnists who contributed to black- and white-owned newspapers. . . . Through reorganization and exhaustive research to ascertain source materials from among hundreds of original and photocopied documents, clippings, personal notations, and private correspondence in Dr. Pride's files, Dr. Wilson completed this compelling and inspiring study of the black press from its inception in 1827 to 1997.

This is a major and noteworthy contribution to scholarship on the African American press. As Washington Post columnist Dorothy Gilliam concludes in the foreword, “Pride and Wilson’s comprehensive history is a lasting tribute to the men and women within the black press of both the past and the present and to those who will make it what it will be in the future.

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The Origin of the Word Amen

 Ancient Knowledge the Bible Has Never Told

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I would like to thank Dr. Osei, and of course his editors, Dr. Issa, and Dr. Faraji, for this very competent extrapolation on the use of the word "Amen" in the world "religions" of today.  . . . How did the word Amen become a sacred utterance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Why does the word Amen appear as a proper noun in Revelations 3:14 and why does the sacred word appear in the Bible more than 60 times? Did you know that the Akan as well as other West African peoples are descendants of the Ancient Egyptians? Did you know that the African American spiritual "Amen" is a continuation of an ancient African hymn to the god Amen that can be found throughout Africa? This is a must read for all who are seeking truth.—Amazon reviewer

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