MLK Jr. Symposium 17

Dr. Joseph L. White Biography

This lecture is dedicated and named after Dr. Joseph L. White. Dr. White received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1961, making him the fist African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Child Psychology. Dr. White began his professional career in the California State University of Long Beach (CSULB). He was recruited to the University of California, Irvine in 1967 to teach in the field of Psychology, Psychiatry and Comparative Culture.

At UC Irvine, Dr. White had an instrumental role in the establishment of the Counseling Center, and the creation of the Education Opportunity Programs in California, the founding of the National Association of Black Psychologist. Other achievements include founding the national Association of Black Psychologists (NABP), a number of publications including an article in Ebony Magazine entitled: “Toward a Black Psychology.” Dr. White’s many accolades include the Inaugural Henry Tomes Award.

In 2001, the Cross-Cultural Center established the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture to commemorate the work on racial understanding that Dr. White has promoted throughout his years at UC Irvine.

Past Speakers

1988 Dick Gregory

1989 Randall Robinson

1990 Dr. Jawaiza Konjufo

1991 Haki Madhubuti

1992 Yolanda King

1993 Dr. Na'im Akbar

1994 Judy Richardson

1995 Tavis Smiley

1996 Reverend Cecil Murray

1997 Dr. Joseph White

1998 Ashra Kwesi

1999 Dr. Na'im Akbar

2000 Reverend Mark Whitlock

2001 Dr. Cornel West

2002 Yolanda King

2003 Chairman Julian Bond

2004 Harry Belafonte

2005 Aaron McGruder

2006 Dr. Julianne Malveaux

2007 Dr. Charles Ogletree

2008 Chairman Julian Bond

2009 Dr. Lani Guinier

2010 Tim Wise

2011 Reverend Irene Monroe