National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Research Projects at HBCUs

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $24.7 million in grants for 208 humanities projects across the country. These grants support humanities initiatives at college campuses, innovative digital resources, conservation, research, and infrastructure projects at cultural institutions. Several of these grants have been awarded to historically Black colleges and universities.

Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama received a $129,366 grant for a one-year project creating a living history museum based on the life of Dred Scott.

A faculty member at historically Black Delaware State University received a grant for a book project on race and the building of the Burma Road, a major infrastructure project in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II.

Howard University received a grant for research leading to the revision of an undergraduate course on minority health and urban design in Baltimore since 1900. A second grant will fund a two-year project to create a digital humanities graduate certificate.

Morehouse College in Atlanta received a grant for research and writing leading to an open-access digital book on West African melody and its cultural retentions in African-American music.

Morgan State University in Baltimore received a grant for research and writing leading to a book that reconstructs the biography of two West African men who were forcibly uprooted from their communities in the mid-1740s and shipped to the Dutch colony of Berbice. They played a pivotal role in the slave rebellion that erupted there in 1763–1764. The university also received a grant for a project on the young adult fiction of Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor and to facilitate the migration of Sankofa, a journal dedicated to children’s literature by African authors, from print to online format.

North Carolina Central University received funding for a two-year project organizing digital humanities workshops for faculty to incorporate digitized materials about campus history.

Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina was awarded a grant for a study of political activists and intellectuals of color in colonial South Africa, 1840–1923.

Prairie View A&M University in Texas received funding for a book reassessing female solidarity in the Victorian novel.

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