Russell Rickford is a correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is author of BETTY SHABAAZ: HER LIFE WITH MALCOLM X AND FIGHT TO PRESERVE HIS LEGACY (Source Books, 2003) and co-author of the American Book Award winning SPOKEN SOUL: THE STORY OF BLACK ENGLISH (Wiley, 2000). He received his B.A. with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Howard University, where he also served as two years as president of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the nations oldest black fraternity with members such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and David Dinkins.
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