Two African American Women Win Prestigious Awards

DukesCharlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, received the 2014 Reginald Wilson Diversity in Leadership Award from the American Council on Education. The award honors an individual “who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.”

Dr. Dukes has served as president of Prince George’s Community College since 2007. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

pitreweb1Merline Pitre, professor of history and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University in Houston is sharing the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women, given out by the Texas State Historical Association. She was honored along with her co-editor Bruce Glasrud, for the book Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2013).

Professor Pitre is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree from Atlanta University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia.

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