Opal Tometi Tenth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture      
 Black Lives Matter Movement
 Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement, is a dedicated activist    working at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights.

Incensed by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin—she starting the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, Tometi (together with Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors), prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner for this generation’s civil rights movement marches.

As the Executive Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Tometi is at the helm of the country’s leading black organization for immigrant rights. She has also presented at the United Nations and has participated with the UN’s Global Forum on Migration and Commission on the Status of Women. Tometi reveals raw insights into the adversity inflicted by social injustice, anti-black bias and uninformed views on immigration, educating and inspiring audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.

Ninth Derrick K. Gondwe Lecture Speaker,  T. ShapiroNinth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Lecture

Navigating Toxic Inequality

Dr. Thomas Shapiro

Dr. Thomas Shapiro directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  Professor Shapiro's primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. He is a leader in the asset development field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap.  In February of last year he co-authored a groundbreaking study, The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide, which statistically validates five “fundamental factors” that together largely explain why white households accumulate wealth so much faster over time than African-American households. His 2004 book, The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality, published by Oxford University Press, was widely reviewed, by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and others. The volume was named one of the Notable Books of 2004 by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In addition, he co-wrote (with Melvin Oliver) the award-winning Black Wealth/White Wealth, which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association.  Dr. Shapiro is currently focusing on writing Navigating Toxic Inequality, set for release in 2015.


Jonathan Ostar 8th annual Derrick Gondwe SpeakerEighth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture 

   “Environmental Justice and Civil Rights: Race, Class and Equal      Opportunity in the United States” 

   Jonathan Ostar 

  Jonathan Ostar has been working on issues of environmental justice for 15 years, first as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania researching disparities in lead levels in Philadelphia water supplies, through time as a law student at Lewis and Clark Law School building capacity around asthma and air toxics in North Portland communities, and most recently as a co-founder and current director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, working on issues of transit justice, fair housing and health equity. Jonathan has practiced Civil Rights law and has worked the streets as a community organizer, and brings an “on tap, not on top” approach to capacity-building and advocacy, with a goal of community empowerment. Jonathan also works as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark, teaching courses on environmental justice and Civil Rights.

Kah Walla,  Seventh Annual Gondwe LecturerKah Walla              Seventh Annual Gondwe Lecturer

                       Unlocking Africa's Potential

Kah Walla is the first woman to ever run for the Presidency of Cameroon. At 47, this entrepreneur, activist and political leader is internationally recognized for her expertise in management and her strong stance on Africa, its

women and its youth. In 2008, Walla was featured by the World Bank among 7 women entrepreneurs working to improve the business environment in Africa. In 2011, Newsweek & The Daily Beast as well as New African,

respectively cited her as one of 150 women and one of the 100 Africans who shake the world. Over 17 years, Kah Walla has developed STRATEGIES!, an African consulting firm which offers services in leadership and strategy respecting the highest international norms. For 22 years, Walla has developed solutions and policies with business, governments and civil society throughout Africa to foster sustainable economic growth and democratic governance.

Dr. Esther KipDr. Esther Kip presented at the Sixth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture about "The Challenges of TB & HIV in Botswana"

Dr. Esther Kip is a Malawian public health specialist based in Botswana. She holds a doctoral degree (DLitt et Phil in Health Studies) and Master of Public Health Degree (MPH). Dr. Kip was trained in research methodologies at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the University of Pennsylvania, the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam, and the University of South Africa. She has worked for international organizations and in the private and public health care systems of Botswana, Chad, Lesotho, and Malawi.

Currently Dr. Kip is working on tuberculosis research projects with the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership (BUP). She is also coordinating and implementing a 14-country assessment of pediatric HIV, TB, and malaria policies and services in the Southern Africa region for Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Between 2007 and 2009, Dr. Kip worked as a Senior Health Programme Officer in the Botswana National Tuberculosis Programme (BNTP), in the Ministry of Health where, working with the University of Botswana, BUP, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's partnership with Botswana (BOTUSA), and other partners and stakeholders, she established a TB/HIV and AIDS research agenda for the National TB Programme.

Dr. Kip is Principal Investigator of a study of the Social Determinants of Health among the poor urban residents of Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, and several other current and recent projects and is the author of numerous articles in medical and public health journals.

Ambassador Shirley E. Barnes - Fall 2009

Ambassador Barnes

In a distinguished Foreign Service career, Ambassador Shirley Barnes served as ambassador to Madagascar (1998-2001), Consul General in Strasbourg, Director of Western European Affairs, and in Cairo, Dakar, Berlin, Sofia,Sanaa and Rome. She currently serves as the Director of the Barnes Findley Foundation, dedicated to combating human trafficking and promoting economic development, education and training for African women and girls. She is an active member of the Thursday Luncheon Group and the Association of Black American Ambassadors, among other organizations.

A graduate of City University of New York who was born in St. Augustine, FL, but considers New York City home, recently was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar.

For Ambassador Shirley Elizabeth Barnes, the promotion was a step forward for a woman who worked for the Ford Foundation in the Congo and with the African-American Institute in New York City.  She reached the level of vice president in several major advertising agencies in the city before she joined the State Department.  In her foreign service career, Barnes served in Cairo, Dakar, West Berlin and Sofia. Her most recent overseas assignment was as consul general in Strasbourg.

Ambassador Barnes is an avid collector of African art, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of the American Foreign Service Association.


Dr. Mwangi wa Githinji

Spoke at the 5th Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture on Social and Economic Justice.

Inequality, Growth and African Development:  Understanding the need for Structural Transformation of African Economies

The 5th Annual Derrick K. Gondwe  Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Mwangi wa Githinji Mwangi wa Githinji, a native of Kenya, earned a B.A. at the City College of New York (1989), his M.A. (1991) and the Ph.D. (1997) from the University of California-Riverside, all in Economics. During graduate study, he worked as a researcher for various organizations, including the University of York (England), where he participated in the Darwin Project as a Research Assistant studying "the economic causes and consequences of biodiversity loss in Sub-Saharan Africa." He has also consulted widely for the UN and other organizations on development issues and was formerly an Associate Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program at Gettysburg College.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst the author of Ten Millionaires and Ten Million Beggars: a study of inequality and development in Kenya and co-author of An Employment Targeted Plan for Kenya in addition to numerous articles and chapters. His research interests are Political Economy, Development, and Environment with particular attention to issues of class, gender and income distribution in relation to transition in Africa.


Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
"Social Justice and Development" - Spring 2009

Dr. Thandika Mkandawire has been Director of UNRISD since 1998. Dr. Mkandawire is a Swedish national of Malawian origin, and an economist with many years' experience in the promotion of comparative research on development issues. He studied economics at Ohio State University and the University of Stockholm and has taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Mkandawire holds a Doctorate in Letters from Rhodes University and has published broadly on the social sciences in Africa and on problems of policy making, adjustment and democratization.


Goodall Gondwe Honorable Goodall E. Gondwe - Minister of Finance, Republic of Malawi
"Debt Relief and Poverty in Africa" - Fall 2007

Mr. Gondwe, brother of Derrick K. Gondwe, comes from Kayiwonanga Village, Mzimba in northern Malawi.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers (FIB), and holds a B.Sc. (Economics), London.

Mr. Gondwe has worked as General Manager of the Reserve Bank of Malawi; Secretary to the Treasury; Executive Director, Senior Vice President and Acting President of African Development Bank [ADB]; Senior Advisor, Director for Africa and Special advisor to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund [IMF]; and Chief Economic Advisor to the former Head of State, Dr. Bakili Muluzi.

He was appointed Minister of Finance in June, 2004.


Darity Dr. William Darity Jr.
"How it all began: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Origins of Under-Development" - Fall 2006 (Inaugural Gondwe Lecture)

Dr. William Darity Jr., one of the country's leading economists, spoke at Gettysburg College on the economic history of slavery in the Americas and its relationship to under-development in Africa.

He was a fitting choice to deliver the inaugural Gondwe Lecture. He not only knew Dr. Derrick Gondwe personally, but his work honors Derrick's memory and life work by connecting intellectual endeavor with ongoing efforts to improve the life chances and experiences of people of African descent.