Author/columnist/scholar, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad is the author of five books, numerous publications 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 contribute 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).
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 specializing in the assessment and management of public policy, economic development, urban, social and race issues.
Dr. Samad is the author of three bestselling books; Souls For Sale: The Diary of An Ex-Colored Man (Kabili Press, 2002), and 50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality In America (Kabili Press, 2005). His third book, Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom (Kabili Press, 2007). is a book of affirmations targeting young black males. A fourth book was released in Decemeber, 2012. REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics in 21st Century Popular Culture, is a critical critique of American society in the “new normal” .21st Century that contrasts societal changes since the 20th Century and the culture clashes that have ensued. This study in American culture shifts of the past three decades is also available in E-book at www.realeyez.biz.
Dr. Samad is also the President of Samad and Associates, a strategic planning/ urban affairs firm specializing in the assessment and management of public policy, economic development, urban, social and race issues. His firm’s twenty-five year efforts has generated over $300 million in economic development opportunities in urban and rural communities nationwide.
A former NAACP Branch President (Los Angeles, CA 1988-1989), Dr. Samad’s community involvement includes currently serving as the managing director and host of the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles—a popular monthly public affairs forum (www.urbanissuesforum.com) that discusses critical issues impacting urban communities—hosting such dignitaries as Scholars Angela Davis, Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, as well as international leaders like Winnie Mandela, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Senator (now President) Barack Obama.
His other civic memberships include being a member of Phi Beta Sigma and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities as well as a Past Master of Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation. His professional involvements include the American Political Science Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. He has received over 200 awards and citations for his community advocacy work, including elevation to the 33rd and last degree in 1994, the prestigious 2007 “Drum Major Award” from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles and 2008 “Member of the Year” from the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles.
From (2008-2011), Dr. Samad has served as the publisher of Who’s Who In Black Los Angeles with Who’s Who Publishing, the nation’s largest black achievement and networking directory publisher, currently publishing in 22 cities nationwide.