In Memoriam: Paul Jefferson, 1944-2022

Dr. Jefferson joined the faculty at Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 1981. He taught in the department of history at Haverford for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 2010.

In Memoriam: Thomas Winston Cole Jr., 1941-2022

In 1987, Dr. Cole was named president of both Atlanta University and Clark College, to simultaneously manage both institutions and create a consolidation plan. President Cole was appointed the founding president of Clark Atlanta University in 1988. He served in that role until 2002.

In Memoriam: Doris Adelaide Derby, 1939-2022

Dr. Derby, a noted photographer of the civil rights era, went on to teach African-American studies and anthropology at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

In Memoriam: John L. Newman, 1948-2022

In 1990, Newman acquired a full-time teaching position at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville where he remained until he retired as professor emeritus in 2013. Newman presented his artwork in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, in Jamaica, and Macedonia.

In Memoriam: Walter Matthew Brown, 1927-2022

Walter Brown was the former dean of the School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham. He was the first student to graduate with a Ph.D. degree from any historically Black college or university in the United States.

In Memoriam: Earl Nathan Smith III, 1966-2022

Earl Nathan Smith III was assistant dean for student academic services in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. He also taught in the Africana studies and ethnic studies departments at the university.

In Memoriam: Charles Vert Willie, 1927-2022

Charles Willie taught at Syracuse University from 1950 to 1974. He was the first Black faculty member to be awarded tenure at the university. He later served on the faculty at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

In Memoriam: Elsie Gloria Jean Moore Smith, 1949-2022

In 1981, Dr. Smith was hired as an assistant professor of counselor education at Arizona State University. She remained on the faculty there for more than 40 years.

In Memoriam: Autherine Juanita Lucy Foster, 1929-2022

In 1956, Autherine Lucy enrolled in a graduate program in education at the University of Alabama. She was the university's first Black student. Angry protests by White students ensued. She was suspended three days later “for her own safety” and she was later expelled.

In Memoriam: Babatunde Ayodeji Ogunnaike, 1956-2022

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, a native of Nigeria, was the William L. Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering and former dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He was an expert in process control, modeling and simulation, systems biology, and applied statistics.

In Memoriam: Dorothy L.W. Smith, 1939-2022

Dorothy Smith taught at Long Beach City College, Grossmont Community College, and later San Diego City College, where she was a professor for 24 years. Smith also lectured at San Diego State University. She was the first Black woman to be elected to public office in San Diego, serving on the school board for nearly eight years.

In Memoriam: Valerie Jean Boyd, 1963-2022

Valerie Boyd was an award-winning author and served as the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence and director of the master of fine arts in narrative nonfiction program at the University of Georgia.

In Memoriam: Clarence Shelly, 1931-2022

In 1968, Clarence Shelly was hired as the inaugural director of the Special Education Opportunities Program at the University of Illinois, one of the nation’s earliest and largest recruitment efforts of Black and students of color.

In Memoriam: Paul Carter Harrison, 1936-2021

Professor Harrison taught theater at Howard University, California State University Sacramento, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and finally Columbia College in Chicago where he taught for more than a quarter century until his retirement in 2002.

In Memoriam: Edward Daryl Irons, 1923-2022

Dr. Irons, the second Black person to earn a doctorate at Harvard Business School, was the founding dean of the business school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He later served as dean of the business school at Clark Atlanta University from 1990 to 1995.

In Memoriam: Rayford Lee Harris Sr., 1924-2022

Harris taught industrial arts in the Richmond public school system, before joining the faculty at Virginia State in 1959. At Virginia State, he directed the industrial arts and technical education teacher training program. For 32 years, he prepared school teachers in woodworking, metalworking, and other industrial arts.

In Memoriam: Kenya Siana Flash, 1980-2021

Kenya Siana Flash was the librarian for political science, global information, and government information at the Marx Science and Social Science Library on the campus of Yale University.

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Gordon, 1980-2021

Dr. Gordon was an assistant professor in the department of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences’ department of anthropology. She held degrees from three different Ivy League universities.

In Memoriam: Charles Johnson, 1927-2021

Dr. Charles Johnson joined Duke in 1970 as the first Black faculty member in the School of Medicine and the first Black physician on the faculty of Duke University. He served on the faculty of the School of Medicine for 26 years until his retirement in 1996.

In Memoriam: Desmond Mpilo Tutu, 1931-2021

Desmond Tutu, the Anglican archbishop who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to dismantle apartheid in South Africa, died in Cape Town on December 26. He was 90 years old and had suffered from cancer.

In Memoriam: Shirley Ann Mathis McBay, 1935-2021

After attending segregated public schools, Dr. McBay enrolled in college at the age of 15. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Georgia. Dr. McBay had a long career in academia at Spelman College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In Memoriam: Tyler Stovall, 1954-2021

Tyler Stovall was a renowned historian of modern Europe, professor, and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. From 2014 to 2020, he was dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz

In Memoriam: bell hooks, 1952-2021

The leading feminist scholar bell hooks, the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky, died at her home in Berea on December 15 at the age of 69.

In Memoriam: Albert Odontoh Richardson, 1946-2021

A native of Ghana, Albert Richardson was a professor emeritus of computer and electrical engineering at California State University, Chico. He joined the faculty there in 1989 and was named professor emeritus in 2012.

In Memoriam: Julius Sherrod Scott, 1955-2021

Professor Scott earned a Ph.D. in history at Duke University in 1986, where his dissertation concerned communications between groups of free and enslaved Africans throughout the Atlantic World that were facilitated by travelers on ships between ports in the New World. The dissertation was finally published as a book in 2018.

In Memoriam: Kariamu Welsh, 1949-2021

After studying as a Fulbright scholar in Africa, Welsh joined the faculty at Temple University in 1985. She earned a doctorate in dance history at New York University and joined the dance faculty at Temple in 1999.

In Memoriam: Walter L. Smith, 1935-2021

Dr. Smith served as dean of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa before being named president of Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts in 1974. He was appointed president of Florida A&M University in 1977 and served in that role until 1985.

In Memoriam: Clifford E. Reid, 1945-2021

Clifford E. Reid was the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, Emeritus at Colby College. He taught at Grinnell College in Iowa for 16 years before joining the faculty at Colby College in 1987. He taught there for 22 years.

In Memoriam: Millie Louise Bown Russell, 1926-2021

The granddaughter of enslaved African Americans, Dr. Russell was the first Black student to enroll in the medical technology program at Seattle University. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the university in 1948 and later had a long career as an administrator and lecturer at the University of Washington.

In Memoriam: Teresa Ann Miller, 1962-2021

Teresa A. Miller was senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer for the State University of New York. Earlier, Miller was a tenured professor of law at the University at Buffalo, specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure, and prisoner law.

In Memoriam: Colin Luther Powell , 1937-2021

Colin Powell was the first African American to serve as Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, he founded the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at City College of New York. In 2013, the Center was transformed into the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

In Memoriam: Robert Lewis Albright, 1944-2021

Robert L. Albright served as the eleventh president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1983-1994.

In Memoriam: Charles Wade Mills, 1951-2021

Since 2016, Charles W. Mills was the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Earlier, he served as the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In Memoriam: Albert J. Raboteau, 1943-2021

Albert Raboteau, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University, joined the faculty at the university in 1982. He served as chair of the department of religion from 1987 to 1992 and as dean of the Graduate School from 1992 to 1993.

In Memoriam: Julie Elena Stokes-Thomas, 1952-2021

Dr. Stokes-Thomas joined the faculty at California State University, Fullerton as a full-time lecturer in African American studies and psychology in 1995. She taught there for the next 18 years.

In Memoriam: Wendell Carl Baker, 1946-2021

In 1976, Dr. Baker joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M University, where he taught agricultural science. He also was the manager of the university's farm. He taught at the university until 1984 and then devoted his full time to the Baker Veterinary Clinic, which he had opened in Prairie View in 1978.

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