Who we are


Jason M. Schultz

Jason M. Schultz has Master's Degrees in Library Science and African Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He currently holds the position of Librarian for Africana Collections at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at the prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as chair of the Book Donations Committee for the Africana Librarians Council. Mr. Schultz has studied ethnomusicology in Zimbabwe, published encyclopedia entries, reviews and compiled bibliographies concerning popular music in Africa, on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and published an original historical essay on southern labor history focusing on the 1977 Atlanta sanitation workers strike.

board members

Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having received a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. As part of her research towards this degree, Ms. Ray spent time completing a Spanish language studies program at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In recent years, she has worked as a bilingual customer service agent in the airline industry for firms in Chicago and Atlanta, and as a volunteer E.S.L. teacher for a community program. She is a writer and community advocate, co-editor of the journal New Beginnings: A Journal of Independent Labor, and former-coordinator of a campaign to fight cutbacks in public transportation in Atlanta. Currently residing in New Orleans, Ms. Ray is working towards her M.A. in Latin American Studies at Tulane University, focusing on the role and influences of left libertarian ideas, organizations and cross U.S.-Mexico solidarity within 20th century Mexican politics.

Jerome Teelucksingh

Jerome Teelucksingh is a lecturer in the Department of History at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He has done work focusing on gender relations, organized public discussions concerning Pan-African and labor leaders in the Caribbean, and works toward improving the nature of party politics and removing religious, ethnic and class barriers. Mr. Teelucksingh has also initiated annual observances of Caribbean Day, World Unemployment Day, International Men’s Day, and Recycling Week. He recently completed a two-volume published work entitled Labour the Liberator: vol 1: Involvement in Party Politics, 1925-1938, vol 2: Socio-Political Evolution of the Caribbean Working Class 1894-1950. During the past decade he has presented at international conferences and also published articles in various magazines and scholarly journals including Peace Review and Slavery and Abolition.