Friday Dr. Ron Daniels, veteran social and political activist and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, announced the launch of his first book Still on This Journey: The Vision and Mission of Dr. Ron Daniels as he arrived in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio for the premier book signings.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said, “but finally the Book is here!”
Prior to moving to New York in 1994 to assume the position of Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Dr. Daniels served on the faculty of Youngstown State University. For many years he was the host of a television talk show on WYTV, Channel 33 ABC. He gained national and international acclaim as a civil rights/human rights leader as the Founder and Chairman of Freedom, Inc., a community-based Pan Africanist organization that operated the Uhuru Center Cultural and Education Institute.
From his base in Youngstown, he engaged in some of the most important civil rights/human rights movements of the last half century, including serving as Co-Convener of the Ohio delegation to the historic 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana; President of the National Black Political Assembly; A founder of African Liberation Day; Co-Chairperson of the National Black Independent Political Party and Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and Deputy Campaign Manager for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s 1988 campaign for President. Daniels was an independent candidate for President in 1992.
“This long-awaited Book is autobiographical, informational and aspirational,” Dr. Daniels commented. “It’s three books in one that catalogues my near lifelong journey for justice and discusses the work of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century as my legacy project.” In reflecting on his decades of engagement as a social and political activist, Daniels expressed his gratitude to supporters in Youngstown. “It’s always good to ‘return to the source,’ to come back home to be among the people who have contributed so much to whatever success I have achieved.”
Dr. Daniels is a prolific essayist whose articles appear in Black and progressive newspapers across the country and on the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s website www.ibw21.org. He is currently the host of Vantage Point, a weekly public-affairs talk show on WBAI, 99.5 FM on the Pacifica Network in New York. He recently retired as Distinguished Lecturer from York College of the City University of New York.
He is continuing his civil rights/human rights work as President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission. He plans a national book signing tour which will begin in New York and take him to Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit before the end of the year. Still on this Journey: The Vision and Mission of Dr. Ron Daniels is available on Amazon and will be available for purchase in the IBW21 Freedom Shop via the website www.ibw21.org.