Jamaica, New York , United States
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|Info||Veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 1992. He served as Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1987 and Southern Regional Coordinator and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign in 1988. A scholar-activist who has taught History, Political Science and Pan African Studies/Black Studies at Youngstown State University, Hiram College, Cornell University and Kent State University, he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Black Studies at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 1994. Ron Daniels holds a B.A. in History from Youngstown State University, an M.A. in Political Science from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs in Albany, New York and a Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies from the Union Institute in Cincinnati. |
Listed in Who's Who in Black America, Ron has been a leading figure in some of the most significant social and political movements over the last four decades, including Freedom Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio; the African Liberation Day Support Committee, which spawned African Liberation Day (ALD); the National Black Political Assembly (NBPA); National Black Independent Political Party (NBIPP) and the African American Progressive Action Network (AAPAN) which spearheaded the drive to declare May 19, the birthday of Malcolm X, a National African American Day of Commemoration in 1990. He presently serves as Co-Chairperson of the National Malcolm X Commemoration Commission. Ron Daniels was the Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the National State of the Race Conference, which was held in Baltimore, MD, in November of 1994, one of the most significant gatherings of grassroots activists and community based leaders of the decade. He served on the Board of Directors of the African American Institute for Research and Empowerment (AAIFRE) the continuations mechanism of the National State of the Race Conference.
Ron played a leading role in the formation of the National African American Leadership Summit (NAALS), and he was a member of the Executive Council of the National Organizing Committee of the historic Million Man March and Day of Absence in 1995. In June of 1995, Ron Daniels led one of the largest African American fact finding and support delegations/missions ever to visit Haiti. As a result of the visit, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) was created to mobilize ongoing political and material support for the struggle for democracy and development in Haiti. Over the course of the past few years HSP has mobilized more than $500,000 in various forms of material support and investment in a broad range of community based organizations, projects and socially responsible economic/business enterprises in Haiti.
Ron is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democratic Renewal and the Nation Institute. He has served on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA and the National Jobs with Peace Campaign. His weekly column, Vantage Point, appears in more than one hundred African American and progressive newspapers nationwide and he is a featured columnist for The Black World Today, an online newspaper which appears on the World Wide Web (www.tbwt.com). In addition, he is an occasional contributor to Z-Magazine and the Black Collegian. He served as the Contributing Editor of Black Collegian's 35th Anniversary Commemorative Edition in 2001. Ron also writes editorial opinion pieces which are distributed by the Black Media Project of the Progressive Magazine.
Ron Daniels has lectured at scores of colleges and universities, civil rights/human rights, labor and environment conferences over the past four decades. He has been a lecturer and resource person for numerous international seminars and conferences. Ron has served as a consultant for the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission, Episcopal Church General Convention Special Program, the Ohio Institute for Practical Politics, American Friends Service Committee's 200 Years of the Penitentiary Project, Help Us Make A Nation (H.U.M.A.N), Advanced Campaign Technologies, Agricultural Missions, Agricultural Teams, Inc., 100% Vote/Human Serve, Citizenship Education Fund, National Economic Development and Research Center and a Senior Consultant for African Resources International, Inc. He is currently a Senior Consultant for WCT Management, Inc. which provides technical assistance and consultative services in the areas of criminal justice research, policy analysis and advocacy, juvenile justice program development and management and youth leadership development and training.
In recent years Ron Daniels has appeared on CBS News Nightwatch, BET's Our Voices, and BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley and Ed Gordon, Tony Brown's Journal, America's Black Forum, Gil Noble's Like It Is, The Maury Povich Show, Bertice Berry Show, Donahue, Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes Show, The Crier Report, The O' Reilly Factor, The Edge with Paula Zahn and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,. He has also appeared on CNN's Larry King Live, talk Back Live, Both Sides with Jesse Jackson and Inside Politics, CNBC's Geraldo Rivera Show, the CBS, ABC and NBC nightly news, Court T.V., Pacifica Broadcasting Network News and Democracy Now, NPR's Talk of the Nation and numerous local talk shows and newscasts. Ron hosted his own television talk show on the ABC affiliate WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio for nineteen years. In 1998 Ron was the host of Night Talk, which aired in more than thirty cities on the American Urban Radio Networks. He is a frequent guest on the Bev Smith Show on A.U.R.N.
From 1992 - 1998, Ron was National Chairperson of the Campaign for a New Tomorrow (CNT), a Black and people of color led multi-racial independent political organization. In 1998, the New York Chapter of CNT merged with other political forces to form the Unity Party. Ron Daniels is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 as an outgrowth of the struggle against segregation in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of the law as a positive force for social change. During Ron's tenure as Executive Director, CCR has emerged as a leading force fighting against police brutality and misconduct, church burnings, hate crimes, voter disenfranchisement, environmental racism and the threats to civil liberties posed by the government's response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Building on his earlier work with the National State of the Race Conferences of 1994 and 1997 and the creation of AAIFRE, in 2001 Ron Daniels was the architect and Convener of the State of the Black World Conference which drew some 2,500 to Atlanta from communities of African descent from around the world. The Atlanta Declaration issued at the conference called for the establishment of an Institute of the Black World to promote research, relevant publications, leadership training and development, community organizing/skill development training and communications/information sharing and networking. Ron envisions the Institute of the Black World as a major engine for empowerment of people of African descent and the oppressed in the 21st century.