Herb Boyd (born November 1, 1938) is an American  journalist, educator, author, and activist. His articles appear regularly in the . He teaches New York Amsterdam News black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle. 
Boyd was born in
Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  He met  Malcolm X in 1958 and credits him as an inspiration: "[Malcolm] set me on the path to become the writer-activist I am, to try to live up to the very ennobling things that he represented." 
Wayne State University. During the late 1960s, he helped establish the first black studies classes there and went on to teach at the university for 12 years. He also co-developed and instructed the initial curriculum in jazz studies at the  Oberlin Conservatory. 
In addition to the
Amsterdam News, Boyd's work has been published in , The Black Scholar , The City Sun , Down Beat , and Emerge . Essence  He has been recognized with awards from the  National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Association of Black Journalists. In 2014, the National Association of Black Journalists inducted Boyd into its Hall of Fame.   Brotherman, which Boyd co-edited with Robert L. Allen, was given the 1995 American Book Award. His biography  Baldwin's Harlem was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2009. 
Boyd was managing editor of
The Black World Today, a now-defunct online news service.  
African History for Beginners, For Beginners, 2007. ISBN 978-1934389188
Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African-American History Told by Those Who Lived It (editor), Anchor Books, 2000. ISBN 978-0385492799
Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin, Atria, 2008. ISBN 978-0743293075
Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination, Amistad, 2017 ISBN 978-0062346629
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (co-editor with Robert L. Allen), One World/Ballantine, 1995. ISBN 978-0345376701
By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented (co-editor with Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga, and Haki R. Madhubuti), Third World Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0883783368 We Shall Overcome: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened, Sourcebooks, 2004. ISBN 978-1402202131
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"Veteran Author Nominated for an NAACP Image Award". . February 5, 2009 New York Amsterdam News . Retrieved 2012. (subscription required)
Angaza, Maitefa (June 10, 2010). "African Voices Honors Four Treasures". New York Amsterdam News . Retrieved 2012. (subscription required)
"Recollecting and Defending the Legacy of Malcolm X Today". New York Amsterdam News. May 26, 2011 . Retrieved 2012. (subscription required)
Anderson, Rhonda (April 3, 1996). "Attacks on Afrocentrism Threaten Black Studies". Michigan Chronicle . Retrieved 2012. (subscription required)
Boyd, Herb (January 28, 2016). "Outrage at Oberlin College". New York Amsterdam News . Retrieved 2016.
"2014 NABJ Hall of Fame Induction and Reception". National Association of Black Journalists . Retrieved 2013.
"Department of Energy To Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program". US Fed News Service. January 5, 2007. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016 . Retrieved 2012. (subscription required)
"The 40th NAACP Image Awards". Archived from the original on May 11, 2012 . Retrieved 2012.
White, Claire E. (November 1997). "Interview with Herb Boyd". The Internet Writing Journal . Retrieved 2016.