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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
God Doesn’t Put Any More On You Than You Can Bear

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1957
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
God Doesn’t Put Any More On You Than You Can Bear

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1957
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Author, columnist and professor Anthony Asadullah Samad was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from California State University in Los Angeles with his B.A. degree in communications in 1980. Samad went on to receive his M.P.A degree in public finance from the University of Southern California in 1983.

From 1980 until 1984, Samad worked as a branch manager of Beneficial Finance. In 1984, he was hired as the vice president of Founders Savings, and, from 1985 to 1990, he served as president of Liberty Finance Management. Then, in 1991, Samad founded Samad and Associates, a strategic planning and urban affairs firm specializing in the assessment and management of public policy, economic development, urban, social and race issues. In 1996, he was hired by the Los Angeles Community College District, where he currently serves as a professor of political science and African American studies. From 1997 to 2007, he attended Claremont Graduate University, where he received his second M.A. degree in political economy, and then his Ph.D. degree in political science.

Samad has authored five books: Souls for Sale: The Diary of an Ex-Colored Man (2002); 50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality in America (2005); Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom (2007); REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics In 21st Century Popular Culture (2012); and March On, March On Ye Mighty Host: The Comprehensive History of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914-2013) (2013). From 2007 until 2011, he served as the publisher of Who’s Who In Black Los Angeles. Samad has also been a syndicated columnist, and an opinion leader, publishing articles in newspapers and websites nationwide.

Samad has membership in the Phi Beta Sigma and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities, and has served as a past master of Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation. He has also been involved with the American Political Science Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Samad was the Los Angeles NAACP branch president from 1988 to 1989, and, since 1999, he has served as the managing director and host of the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles, a monthly public affairs forum that discusses critical issues impacting urban communities. He also served as the president and chairman of the board of 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. from 2007 to 2009.

Samad has received over 200 awards and citations for his community advocacy work, including elevation to the 33rd and last degree in 1994, the prestigious 2007 Drum Major Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, and 2008’s Member of the Year from the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles.

Anthony Asadullah Samad was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad describes his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad remembers lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad describes his community in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Anthony Samad describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Anthony Samad describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Anthony Samad recalls moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Anthony Samad remembers his first impressions of California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad remembers the Watts riots in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad describes the impact of the Watts riots
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad describes his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad talks about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad talks about his early admiration of Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad remembers his family's involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad talks about his love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad talks about his middle school gym teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anthony Samad talks about his favorite athletes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad talks about his high school basketball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad remembers Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad talks about his early awareness of black politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad remembers his college recruitment offers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad recalls the development of his political consciousness, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad recalls the development of his political consciousness, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad talks about the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad remembers joining the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Anthony Samad recalls his decision to study broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Anthony Samad talks about the changes in black identity during the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Anthony Samad recalls his mentors at California State University, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad remembers earning a master's degree in public administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad recalls founding the Liberty Finance Management Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad recalls his introduction to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad talks about police violence against African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad recalls his election as president of the NAACP Los Angeles Branch
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad describes his challenges as president of the NAACP Los Angeles Branch, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad describes his challenges as president of the NAACP Los Angeles Branch, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad talks about a personal scandal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Anthony Samad talks about a personal scandal, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad recalls the start of his career as a newspaper columnist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad recalls his conversion to Islam and return to Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad describes the work of Samad and Associates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad remembers his consulting clients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad remembers the riots in Los Angeles, California in 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad describes the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots of 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad remembers the O.J. Simpson trial, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad remembers the O.J. Simpson trial, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad remembers becoming a political science professor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad recalls founding the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad remembers the speakers at the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad talks about the structure of the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad reflects upon the importance of the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad remembers earning his Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad describes the social regression that followed the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad talks about his book, 'Saving the Race, Daily Affirmations for Young Black Males'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Anthony Samad describes his recent publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Anthony Samad talks about the history of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Anthony Samad talks about the history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Anthony Samad describes his current book projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Anthony Samad reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Anthony Samad describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Anthony Samad talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Anthony Samad reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Anthony Samad describes how he would like to be remembered