Lawrence Ware, Teaching Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Africana Studies



Philosophy Dept. Office: 255 Murray Hall
Center for Africana Studies Office: 103 Life Sciences East

Philosophy Dept. Telephone: 405-744-2790
Center for Africana Studies Telephone: 405-744-7692


Fall 2017 Office Hours:

Philosophy Dept. (255 MUR):  Thursdays 11 am to Noon.
Center for Africana Studies (103 LSE):  Tuesdays Noon to 1 pm.

Lawrence Ware is co-director of the Africana Studies Program and Teaching Assistant Professor and Diversity Coordinator in the Department of Philosophy. He is a contributing writer to Slate Magazine, The New York Times and The Root. He has been a commentator on race and politics for the Huffington Post Live, NPR, and TV One. Lawrence has taught and lectured across the country on issues ranging from race to economic policy. He organizes the Critical Conversations series, which hosts a number of events on campus related to race, gender, and religion.


  • BA, University of Central Oklahoma
  • MA in Philosophy, Oklahoma State University


Philosophies of Life (H) Phil 1213

  • TR 9:00 am-10:15 am ES 412

Philosophy of Race (DH) PHIL 3623

  • 63369 TR 3:30 pm-4:45 pm CLB 308
  • 66422 WEB
  • 68902 MTWRF 1:00 pm-5:15 pm CLB 219 August Intersession (Aug. 7-18)

MLK, Malcolm X, & Philosophy of Race (DH) PHIL 3633

  • 68963 M 6:45 pm-10:00 pm CLB 102 (Sep. 11-Dec. 8)
  • 69119 TR 2:00 pm-3:15 pm Morrill Hall 212


  • Public MLK Lecture at John Brown University, Janurary 2018 
  • Panelist for Take Root Annual Conference at the University of Oklahoma, February 2017
  • Public Lecture on Social Diversity and Oklahoma Education for Leadership Oklahoma, February 2017
  • Black History Public Lecture at Northeastern Oklahoma College, February 2017
  • Keynote at Pittsburgh State University's Black History Gospel Celebration, February 2017
  • MLK and Epistemic Violence keynote at Langston University, January 2015
  • Black Nationalism and #BlackLivesMatter keynote at the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, February 2015
  • The Theological Origins of White Supremacy at The Conference on Progressive Christianity in February 2015
  • Black Christianity and Black Resistance at The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Washington DC in May, 2015
  • The Confederate Flag and Epistemic Ignorance at OU in October, 2015
  • Lecture on Black Leadership, Langston University
  • Lecture on Intersectionality and #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Gender and Resistance




  • October 19th at 7pm in 035 MUR: Oklahoma Premiere of "Whose Streets?"
  • October 23rd at 7pm in 101 JB: "Insidious Trauma: Exploring the Mental Health Implications for Experiences with Oppression" by LaVonya Bennett
  • November 27th at 7pm in 035 MUR: "Heavy: An American Memoir" by Kiese Laymon