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James Forman

Born: Oct 4, 1928

Death: Jan 10, 2005

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

James Forman

Date of Birth : Oct 4, 1928
Date of Death : Jan 10, 2005
Birth Place : Chicago

James Forman was an American Civil Rights leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress. He received a master’s degree in African and Afro-American studies from Cornell University in 1980 and a Ph.D from the Union of Experimental Colleges and Universities with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He founded James Forman and Associates, a political consulting group. During the 1990s, he taught at American University, the University of the District of Columbia and Morgan State University in Baltimore. He was also the author of several notable books. The New York Times called him "a civil rights pioneer who brought a fiercely revolutionary vision and masterly organizational skills to virtually every major civil rights battleground in the 1960's."


  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Civil Rights Leader

Also known as

  • James Rufus


  • Constancia Romilly
  • Mary Forman
  • Mildred Thompson


  • Chaka Forman
  • James Forman Jr.
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