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About – Philosophy Born of Struggle


Philosophy Born of Struggle is a community, a conference, and a textbook. The textbook edited by Leonard Harris is in its second edition. The conference was originally organized by Everet Green and Leonard Harris. Philosophy Born of Struggle will celebrate its 26th year in 2019. As for the community: welcome!

William R. Jones Award Recipients

Rozena Maart, 2016

Greg Moses, 2015

Blanche R. Curry, 2014

Albert Mosley, 2013

William R. Jones, 2012

Executive Director

Anthony Sean Neal

Studio portrait of Anthony Neal. (photo by Grace Cockrell / © Mississippi State University)

Anthony Sean Neal is a Beverly B. and Gordon W. Gulmon Humanities Professor and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mississippi State University. He is currently in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a Faculty Fellow in the Shackouls Honors College of Mississippi State University. He also has an affiliation with the department of African American Studies. He is a 2019 inductee into the Morehouse College Collegium of Scholars and a Fellow with the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. Dr. Neal was also a Visiting Research Fellow for the Warburg Institute of the School for Advanced Studies at the University of London. Dr. Neal received his doctorate in Humanities from Clark Atlanta University. He received his Masters degree from Mercer University and a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College. Dr. Neal is the author of three books: Common Ground: A Comparison of the Idea of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard Thurman and Huey Newton (Africa World Press, 2015); Howard Thurman’s Philosophical Mysticism: Love Against Fragmentation (Lexington, 2019); Philosophy and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle: A Freedom Gaze (Lexington, 2022). He is currently the Associate Chair for the APA Committee on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy; Editor of APA Studies on Philosophy and the Black Experience; and Executive Director of Philosophy Born of Struggle.

Assistant Director

PBS Board

Jorge Garcia

Darryl Scriven

Rozena Maart

Patrice Rankine

Andrea Pitts

Leonard Harris (ex officio)

Tommy J. Curry (ex officio)

Dwayne Tunstall (ex officio)

International Committee

Jacoby Carter

Tiffany Montoya

Stephanie Rivera Rivera-Berruz

Espinoza Reyes


Please verify your institution’s willingness to provide financial support first.

Below are typical costs and responsibilities associated with sponsoring and hosting the conference:

Keynote Speakers (approximately $3,000)
Transportation:  $1,500
Lunch:  box lunch for 70  people, two days
Dinner: one sponsored dinner, 30   people, last day
PBS  management fee ($3,000)

Rooms:  two for lectures rooms (class size), one for key note (can be one of the same rooms)
Registration and Book Display Tables

Sponsor is asked to help select keynote speakers, recommend moderators (e.g., your faculty or students if they want to moderate a session), review schedule before it is published so we have the right room numbers, people, etc.

PBS manages all other costs, including video taping of all sessions, publishing tapes, conference program, advertisement and coordination.


Anthony Sean Neal, Executive Director, an925@msstate.edu

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