UM hosts 38th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference with Renowned Attorney Willie Gary as Speaker

The University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences hosts the 38th National Council for Black Studies Conference, which provides a forum for the dissemination of scholarship and a venue for mentoring students who wish to pursue a career in Africana Studies.

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world.  For more than 30 years, NCBS been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline. Members include top scholars, community leaders and students focused on a variety of issues related to the African World experience.

Conference presenters include: Attorney Willie Gary, Professor Donald Jones, Professor David Ikard, and Professor Marvin Dunn

NCBS SpeakerAttorney Willie E. Gary earned his reputation as “The Giant Killer” by taking down some of America’s most well-known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He has won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including more than 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each. Gary’s amazing success has earned him national recognition as a leading trial attorney.

Gary has been featured in Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes magazine has listed him as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in the U.S.” He has been highlighted in many of the Nation’s most respected media publications, such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Ebony, Jet, People, Black Enterprise, Fortune, The New Yorker and The National Law Journal. His remarkable legal career and tireless work on behalf of his clients have been documented on “60 Minutes,” the “CBS Evening News,” and ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” He also made a guest appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and made a live appearance on CBS’s “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel.

The National Council for Black Studies Conference will take place on  March 5 - 8, 2014 at Miami Marriott Dadeland, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156

Registration is required for this event. Members of the public can register online at:

UM Students may register for free or volunteer for the conference, by contacting Associate Professor Edmund Abaka at or 305.284.3702.

February 07, 2014