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The Quotable Black Scholar: Charles P. Henry, III

October 13th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

Charles P. Henry, III (b. 1947)

None of those charging Obama with a deficit of Blackness were to be found defending him for his association with the “too Black” Rev. Jeremiah Wright The association with Rev. Wright was jarring precisely because it challenged the views of those who saw Obama as someone who if not detached from America’s racial past was certainly not bitter or angry about it The cognitive dissonance created by the public perception of Obama embracing as a family member someone with the views of Rev. Wright forced Obama to confront race head on.

–Charles P. Henry, “Obama as Reparations,” Tikkun v. 23 no. 4 (July/August 2008) p. 22-5


Biographical Notes: Charles P. Henry, III was born in Newark, Ohio. His father, Charles Patrick Henry, II, was a bricklayer and his mother, Ruth Holbert Henry, was a homemaker.

Charles P. Henry, III is the Chair of African American American students at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his undergraduate degree at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and he holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of California, Henry taught at Denison University and Howard University. He has been at UC-Berkeley since 1981.

Dr. Henry has published numerous articles in both the mainstream and scholarly presses. He is also the author or editor of a total of 9 books. Here are some of his most recent titles:

  • Ralph J. Bunche: Selected Speeches and Writings
  • Foreign Policy and the Black (Inter)national Interest
  • Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations
  • Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other?
  • Culture and African American Politics (winner of the Book-of-the-Year award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists)
  • Jesse Jackson: The Search for Common Ground


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