In Memoriam: Mozella Smith Peterson Galloway, 1951-2012

She was the co-founder and president of the National Black Herstory Task Force, a nonprofit cultural and educational organization dedicated to celebrate and chronicle the lives of women of African descent.

In Memoriam: Cedric Sydney Rodney, 1924-2012

Until his recent retirement, he was the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Christopher C. Mercer, 1924-2012

He was one of the six Black students who racially integrated the School of Law at the University of Arkansas. He was an adviser to the Little Rock Nine, the students who racially integrated Central High School in 1957.

In Memoriam: Lawrence Guyout, 1939-2012

He was a civil rights activist who inspired generations of students to become involved in politics. He was a graduate of Tougaloo College and the law school at Rutgers University.

In Memoriam: Harrison DeWayne Whittington, 1931-2012

A founding member of the board of visitors at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, he also served as a visiting lecturer, Director of Field Experience, and an adviser to the university's Upward Bound program.

In Memoriam: James Russell Dumpson, 1909-2012

He was the former dean of the Graduate School of Social Science at Fordham University and was the oldest living alumnus of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Andrew Felton Brimmer Jr. 1926-2012

The son of a sharecropper, he was the first African American to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He also taught at Harvard Business School and chaired the board of trustees at Tuskegee University for 28 years.

In Memoriam: Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, 1926-2012

The former congressman and lieutenant governor of California served as the director of the Urban Health Institute at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

In Memoriam: Rollin Charles Williams, 1922-2012

In 1957, he was hired as an assistant professor of social work, the first African American faculty member at the University of Connecticut.

In Memoriam: Philip Byron Nixon, 1953-2012

He was assistant vice president of student services at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

In Memoriam: Lindsey Wetherspoon, 1924-2012

He taught for nearly 60 years in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

In Memoriam: James L. Hill, 1928-2012

A special assistant to the president of the University of Texas, he was the first African American to serve as a vice president of the university.

In Memoriam: Emerson A. Cooper, 1924-2012

He joined the Oakwood University faculty in 1948 as an instructor of chemistry and taught there until 1992.

In Memoriam: Albert Cornelius Freeman Jr., 1934-2012

He taught in the department of theater at Howard University since 1991 and chaired the department for six years.

In Memoriam: Aaronette M. White, 1961-2012

She was an associate professor of psychology and associate dean of equity and social responsibility in the Division of Social Sciences of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

In Memoriam: Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte, 1933-2012

A longtime member of the faculty at Colgate University, he was the first director of the African American studies program at Yale University.

In Memoriam: Thelma McWilliams Glass, 1916-2012

A longtime professor of geography at Alabama State University, she was the last surviving member of the the Women's Political Council, which organized the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56.

In Memoriam: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012

He was a a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. He published his first book on the Haitian revolution while he was an undergraduate student at CUNY.

In Memoriam: William James Raspberry, 1935-2012

From 1995 to 2008, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist served as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at Duke. He commuted from Washington to Durham each week when classes were in session.

In Memoriam: Leontine T.C. Kelly, 1920-2012

An educator and social activist, she was the first Black woman bishop in a mainstream Christian denomination.

In Memoriam: John W. Porter, 1931-2012

In 1979 he was selected as the 17th president of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and served in that post for a decade.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Bond Miller, 1934-2012

A professor emerita of childhood education at Norfolk State University, she was the first Black woman elected to both houses of the Virginia legislature.

In Memoriam: H. Douglas Covington, 1935-2012

He was president of three HBCUs before becoming the first African American to lead a predominantly white, state-operated university in Virginia.

In Memoriam: Freddye T. Davy, 1933-2012

She was director of the Honors College at Hampton University. This spring the college was renamed in her honor.

In Memoriam: Marion Henry, 1927-2012

Professor Henry had served on the faculty at Prairie View A&M University for 56 years.

In Memoriam: Wesley Anthony Brown (1927-2012)

In 1949 Brown became the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In Memoriam: Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach (1922-2012)

A giant in the battle for civil rights in this country, as deputy attorney general during the Kennedy administration he confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace in the schoolhouse door.

In Memoriam: Frank Toby Martin (1951-2012)

He had served as an associate professor of art at Spelman College since 1987.

In Memoriam: Zeb Ferdinand Poindexter Jr. (1929-2012)

He was the first African American graduate and the first African American faculty member at the University of Texas Dental Branch.

In Memoriam: Bertha D. Minus

Since 2009, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.

In Memoriam: LeRoy Tashreau Walker (1918-2012)

Chancellor emeritus at North Carolina Central University, he was the first African American president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

In Memoriam: Ernest D. Brown Jr. (1947-2012)

The longtime Williams College professor founded the college's Kusika African Dance and Drumming Ensemble and the Zambezi Marimba Band.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

The granddaughter of slaves, she taught at Dillard University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

In Memoriam: John T. McCartney (1938-2012)

He was a longtime professor of government and law and former chair of the Africana studies program at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: John A. Payton (1946-2012)

Upon hearing of Payton’s death, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous stated, “John Payton was one of the greatest civil rights lawyers our nation has ever had and our world has ever known.”

In Memoriam: Norris Stevenson (1939-2012)

He was the first Black player to receive at football scholarship at the University of Missouri. He coached track at the college level for 30 years.

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