Tuskegee University Faculty Member Wins UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Fellowship

Blount1Eleanor J. Blount, an assistant professor at Tuskegee University in Alabama, has been awarded a faculty residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grants allow a faculty members at a Black college or university to spend a semester away from their home institution to pursue a scholarly project. Blount will spend the fall semester studying the Alice Walker papers at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.

Dr. Blount is conducting research on the effects of racism and sexism on African American women writers. She hopes to provide new insights into the difficulties Black women novelists faced in expressing their voices.

Dr. Blount is a graduate of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. She earned a master’s degree at Kennesaw State University and a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Georgia.

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  1. Congratulations, Dr. Blount. I look forward to hearing about the knowledge that you gained during you semester’s leave.
    Peace and joy,
    Ethel H. Russaw
    TU-Class of 1964

  2. Congratulations, Dr. Blount! What an honor and outstanding achievement you have accomplished in the field of literary criticism.

    Connie Lundy
    The Lincoln University

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