Herb Boyd

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Herb Boyd (born November 1, 1938)[1] is an American journalist, educator, author, and activist. His articles appear regularly in the New York Amsterdam News. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.[2]

Boyd was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan.[1][3] Boyd met Malcolm X in 1958 and credits him as an inspiration: "[He] set me on the path to become the writer-activist I am, to try to live up to the very ennobling things that he represented."[4]

Boyd attended Wayne State University. During the late 1960s, Boyd helped establish the first black studies classes there. He went on to teach at the university for 12 years.[5]

Beside the Amsterdam News, Boyd's work has been published in The Black Scholar, The City Sun, Down Beat, Emerge, and Essence.[1][2] He has been recognized with awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Association of Black Journalists.[2] In 2014, the National Association of Black Journalists will induct Boyd into its Hall of Fame.[6]

Brotherman, which Boyd co-edited with Robert L. Allen, was given the 1995 American Book Award.[7] His biography Baldwin's Harlem was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2009.[8]

Boyd was managing editor of The Black World Today, a now-defunct online news service.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • African History for Beginners
  • Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African-American History Told by Those Who Lived It (editor)
  • Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin
  • Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (co-editor with Robert L. Allen)
  • By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented (co-editor with Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga, and Haki R. Madhubuti)
  • We Shall Overcome: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened


  1. ^ a b c d "Herb Boyd". Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Veteran Author Nominated for an NAACP Image Award". New York Amsterdam News. February 5, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Angaza, Maitefa (June 10, 2010). "African Voices Honors Four Treasures". New York Amsterdam News. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Recollecting and Defending the Legacy of Malcolm X Today". New York Amsterdam News. May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Anderson, Rhonda (April 3, 1996). "Attacks on Afrocentrism Threaten Black Studies". Michigan Chronicle. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "2014 NABJ Hall of Fame Induction and Reception". National Association of Black Journalists. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Department of Energy To Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program". US Fed News Service. January 5, 2007. Retrieved May 31, 2012.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ "The 40th NAACP Image Awards". Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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