David H. Jackson Jr. has been chosen as the next president of the Southern Conference on African American Studies. The conference was established in 1979 at Texas Southern University in Houston. Dr. Jackson is chair of the department of history, political science, public administration, geography and African American studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He is the author or editor of several books including Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours, 1908-1912 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
In accepting the position, Dr. Jackson stated, “I plan on implementing new systems of recruitment and retention within the association and expanding scholarly opportunities for faculty throughout the country as we work together to rescue and reconstruct the legacy and story of African Americans.”
Dr. Jackson has been on the Florida A&M faculty since 1997. He is an alumnus of the university and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis.