Xavier University presents Black History 101 Museum and Author Sam Greenlee

Office of Multicultural Affairs Coordinates Black History Month Events | January 28, 2010

The Spook Who Sat By The Door was published in 1968.

The Spook Who Sat By The Door was published in 1968.

As part of Black History Month, Xavier University will present the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of African American memorabilia, on February 23 and 24 in the Clock Tower Lounge of the Gallagher Student Center from 10-5 both days. The museum is free and open to the public.


Author Sam Greenlee will give a free lecture open to the public at Xavier on February 23 n the Gallagher Student Center Theatre at 7pm.


101.1 The Wiz will be in the food court of the Gallagher Student Center from 3-5 pm on February 5 with free music and giveaways.


The mission of the Mobile Museum is to recognize and celebrate the contributions, achievements and struggles of African Americans.


Khalid el-Hakim is the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. An educator with the Detroit Public Schools, he received his Bachelors of Science in Social Studies and Business Education at Ferris State University. As a music executive, he has managed various artists, including 2006 Grammy award nominee Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets, platinum award-winning artist Proof of D12, Taja Sevelle, and Versiz.


His passion for education and history led him to start collecting Black memorabilia 15 years ago. His award-winning collection of over 2,000 artifacts dates from slavery to Hip Hop culture.


Greenlee was born in Chicago in 1930 and educated in public schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served in the Army for two years as a first lieutenant, then studied international relations at the University of Chicago. A career with the United States Information Agency sent him on assignment promoting American culture overseas. He was one of the first black foreign service officers, with assignments in Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Greece between 1957 and 1965, leaving after he became disillusioned.


The Spook Who Sat by the Door, was published in 1968. This prize-winning novel quickly became an underground favorite for its fictionalization of an urban-based war for African American liberation. Greenlee co-wrote a screenplay adaptation of the novel, and in 1974 The Spook Who Sat by the Door was released on film.


Greenlee has received the United States Information Agency meritorious service award for bravery during the 1958 Baghdad revolution; Sunday Times (London) Book of the Year award for The Spook Who Sat by the Door, 1969; Ragdale Foundation fellowship, 1989; Illinois Arts Council fellowship, 1990; Illinois Poet Laureate award, 1990.


For a complete listing of Xavier’s Black History Month events, please visit www.xavier.edu/BHM.



Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 371 Colleges in America.”