Summary: professor of English and social science at the University of California-Riverside who specialized in 19th- and early 20th-century black literature and culture studies, and who had just finished publishing a major compilation book on a wide range of subjects, including slavery's central role in the evolution of Western modernity.
Cause of Death: Homicide
Born: October 10, 1961
Died: July 13, 2008
Location: Long Beach, California