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Author/columnist/scholar, Dr. Anthony Asadullah (Pronounced Ah-SAW-doo-LAH) Samad is the author of five books, numerous scholarly articles and is one of the most read featured columnists in the African American press today. For the past 23 years, Samad’s various weekly editorial commentaries have contributed over 1,100 articles to newspapers and cyber websites nationwide. His most recent book publishing is the chronicling of the century long history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., entitled, March On, March On Ye Mighty Host: The Comprehensive History of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914-2013) released in time for the fraternity’s 2014 Centennial anniversary celebration. Dr. Samad is the Director, Writer and Co-Producer of a newly released documentary, What Of The Day, on the 100 year society changing contributions of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
A Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at East Los Angeles College, Samad has a Bachelors of Arts degree (Communications) from Cal State University at Los Angeles, Masters of Arts in Public Administration (Public Finance specialization) from the University of Southern California, a second Masters of Arts Degree, in Political Economy and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics.
Dr. Samad is also President of Samad and Associates, a strategic planning/urban affairs firm founded in 1991 that specializes in the management of public policy, formulation of economic development, urban culture studies & assessment of race issues.
Dr. Samad’s community involvements include serving as Managing Director and host of the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles—a popular bi-monthly public affairs forum (www.urbanissuesforum.com). For the past 17 years, “the forum” discusses critical issues impacting urban communities and has hosted the nation’s top newsmakers including then Senator (now President) Barack Obama. Dr. Samad is also a past President of both the Los Angeles NAACP (1988-89) and the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. (2007-2009).