Charles P. Henry joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and now serves as professor emeritus of African American Studies, and he previously taught at Howard University and Dennison University. An author and editor, Henry has penned nine books and has written extensively on human rights, public policy and Black politics. He is also former president of the National Council for Black Studies and was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Clinton in 1994, serving a six-year term. Charles also held an Office Director position at the State Department in the human rights bureau (DRL). A past chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, he is also a former NEH Postdoctoral Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago in Political Science. Henry served as a member of CVT’s National Advisory Council before joining its board of directors.