Historian who, in 1993, wrote the influential book Race Matters.
He was influenced by his Christianity to not join the Black Panther Party, choosing instead to serve his community through local prison, breakfast, and church programs.
His work mostly focused on race, gender, and class in American society.
He liked to say he was married to his calling, but not to a particular woman.
He made an appearance in The Matrix Reloaded, starring Keanu Reeves.
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