Julianne Malveaux, with a PhD in Economics from MIT, is easily one of the strongest minds in all of black America. She has also been deeply committed for decades to the fight against social injustice.
Dr. Malveaux recently brought in her 60th birthday in glorious fashion, hosting a party in Washington DC with the theme, “Sizzling at 60.” The party was not just a chance to celebrate the great life and contributions of the iconic figure, but to talk about the future and what is still yet to be done. Dr. Malveaux has agreed to join Dr. Boyce Watkins, Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Perry and former NBA player Etan Thomas at the DC stop of the New Paradigm forum next month.
According to Julianne’s sisters, Marietta & Antoinette Malveaux, even as a child, Julianne was “bossy and opinionated.” She is the oldest of five kids, four girls and a boy. The product of high expectations from her parents, Dr. Malveaux was always encouraged to give herself to something greater than herself.
According to Marietta, they were taught that “all the siblings are different, mother encouraged us to find our own path.”
Her nephew, Anyi-Malik, says that growing up, Dr. Malveaux always taught him to “Challenge authority and Think critically.” This has been another theme for Dr. Malveaux, who has often been at the forefront of challenging inequities that affects African Americans and women. She is also one of the most prominent members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Cora Masters Berry, one of Dr. Malveaux’s best friends and Chief Executive Officer of the Recreation Wish List Committee, says that Julianne has a tremendous compassion for young people and and urge to support them. This may have been what led Dr. Malveaux to take on the challenge of running the Bennett College for women, an HBCU in North Carolina. The school, like many other HBCUs, struggles to find funding and required an around-the-clock commitment from its leadership.
Another person who attended the birthday party was Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. According to Campbell, “Julianne is a renaissance woman, gracious, and brilliant (but humble with her brilliance). She breaks everything down so everyone can understand. She is unapologetically black!”
We know that Dr. Malveaux is one-of-a-kind and there will never be another one like her. Since 60 is now the new 40, Dr. Malveaux will be expected to keep sizzling for many years to come.
Happy birthday Dr. Malveaux. We love you.