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MICHAEL ERIC OWENS is the Manager of Library Operations at the prestigious Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City and an Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies at Northcentral University. He is also a distinguished scholar, writer, speaker, and activist who has used his voice and literary passion to illuminate the untold stories of Black America. 

Born and raised in the inner city of Milwaukee, Michael Owens experienced first hand the many challenges facing minorities today.  Following a successful career in the United States Navy where he achieved Sailor of the Year honors, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside earning degrees in History and Political Science, as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award. He received his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Throughout his career, Michael has received countless awards and is a proud member of the National Scholars Honor Society. In 2005, he was invited to serve as a delegate to the National Foreign Affairs Conference on Africa. He has written extensively on the obstacles to achieving racial reconciliation and equality. Michael has appeared on such programs as OKC Metro and the Fox Morning Show.  He has also done multiple national radio interviews.  His latest literary work is titled YES, I AM, WHO I AM: A New Philosophy of Black Identity. Professor of History Laura Gellott sums up this recent work thusly:  Owens’ book “is the result of much reading, research, and deep reflection. Part history, part memoir, part meditation, it is ultimately a hope filled summons to Blacks to embrace and claim their full identity as Americans.  Michael Owens’ critique of ‘African American’ as identity is sure to provoke, and to raise further questions as the reader follows Owens’ journey of discovery towards a usable Black identity for contemporary America.”


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