Tekla Ali Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history with an emphasis in African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. At UNL she studied under World System Theorist Andre Gunder Frank and was introduced to Africology at the Black Studies Department at UNO. Ali Johnson has taught history and African American Studies at North Carolina A & T State University, and at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was Coordinator of the African & African American Studies Minor, Coordinator of the History Program, and was the co-founder of an emerging Concentration in Public History. Dr. Johnson recently published ‘Free Radical’: Ernest Chambers, Black Power and the Politics of Race (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2011). She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of History at Salem College, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.