Students are ready to talk about campus racism. Are you?

Lawrence Ross, the author of the Los Angeles Times best seller, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, has written a new blockbuster book: Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on Americas Campuses. And the Ross KNOW BETTER/DO BETTER campus racism lecture is one of the HOTTEST in the country. Are you ready to bring Lawrence Ross to your campus?

Why a Blackballed Lecture on Campus Racism?

Five years ago, students of color started telling me their stories of living and surviving at predominately white colleges and universities. The verdict? Things were dire. Campus racism, from overtly racist parties by IFC and Panhellenic fraternities and sororities, to racial micro-aggression, all conspired to create hostile campus environments for black, Latino, and Asian students. And no one was listening to them. That’s when I decided to write Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses.


Blackballed was published in February 2016, but 2015 proved to be the year when campuses around the country roiled with campus racism incidents and protests. From the University of Oklahoma to the University of Missouri, Tufts to Florida State, students of color rose up in protest at over 100 college campuses around the country. And universities began looking for an explanation and solutions. That’s where the Blackballed lecture on campus racism comes in…


2016 Blackballed Lecture Tour…

Even before Blackballed was published, schools around the country scheduled a Blackballed lecture on campus racism. From January to May 2016, I lectured at: Metropolitan CC, UCLA, Pomona, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Dearborn, Stockton University, Mississippi St, SUNY Geneseo, RIT, Dillard, Rutgers, Brown, SIU Carbondale, VCU, Elon, University of Iowa, SUNY Plattsburg Keene College, UALR,Purdue Mount. St. Mary’s, Maryland, and Southeast Missouri St. Subtitled, KNOW BETTER/DO BETTER, the 1 1/2 hour multimedia lecture is entertaining, educational, and thought provoking. Talking about racism is challenging, but I believe that students are more than mature enough to meet that challenge. The goal is not to develop non-racists, but ANTI-RACISTS. Now…I’m booking Blackballed lecture dates for Fall 2016. To book a Fall 2016 date, email Lawrence Ross at DATES BOOK FAST!

What Are School Saying?

On behalf of the Multicultural Greek Council at Rutgers University, we would like to send a big thank you to Mr. Lawrence Ross for taking the time to speak about and engage our community on the topic of college racism. We are grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts and experiences that pointed out a variety of problems within college campuses across the nation. As students, we are constantly trying to attack problems like these and your presentation was very timely in highlighting the fundamental causes. I believe we can benefit immediately from the methods you suggested for preventing college racism. Your enthusiasm on the topic was contagious and evident, and we hope that what we have learned from you will help further develop our community and inspire action against racism on college campuses. Thank you again for enlightening us on such an important topic within our community! –Donald S. Moore, M.A.
Senior Student Program Coordinator, Multicultural Greek Council & Interfraternity Council Advisor, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

The Divine Nine

The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities is available at and Barnes & Noble.

Lawrence Ross

Lawrence Ross has written six books, and has lectured at over 600 colleges and universities. He received a BA in History from UCLA, and an MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Contact him:


Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses is available at, and Barnes & Noble