Ula Taylor, associate professor of African American studies at the University of California-Berkeley, will give this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.

Her lecture, "Black Power within the Nation of Islam," will examine the motivation for joining the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in the aftermath of Malcolm X's assassination.

Taylor earned her doctorate in American History from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She co-authored "Panther: The Illustrated History of the Black Panther Movement and the Story Behind the Film" as well as "The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey" published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2002.

She teaches two required history courses in African American studies and courses such as the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s and African American Women's History. She is currently working on "Making a New Woman: Women and the Nation of Islam, 1930-1975. "

Professor Taylor has taught aspects of economic, political, and cultural African American history from Colonial times to the present at Chapman College, Antelope Valley Community College, and to inmates at Lompoc Penitentiary.