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The Next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Young has been serving as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. He also served as curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and curator of literary collections at the newly named Rose Library at Emory.

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

Dr. Cone was a theologian, educator, author, and the former president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He became a minister at the age of 13 and was named pastor of an African Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16.

Emory Acquires Rare First Edition of David Walker’s 1829 Book Appeal

The book was written and published in 1829 by Walker, a self-educated African American merchant. It is one of the earliest known written indictments of the institution of slavery. The first-edition acquired by Emory, one of only six known to exist, was owned and signed by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Emory University Students Find the Grave of a Civil Rights-Era Martyr

Undergraduate students enrolled in a course on civil rights cold cases at Emory University in Atlanta, discovered the grave of a Black man who violated the rules of Jim Crow in 1948 by casting a vote in a primary election. This act cost him his life.

Northwestern University Art History Scholar Wins Book Award

Krista A. Thompson, the holder of the Weinberg College Board of Advisers Chair in the department of art history at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association.

Emory University Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

The data showed that after adjusting for age, gender, and education, African Americans are 64 percent more likely than Whites to have Alzheimer's disease. The study found that 8.6 percent of African Americans develop Alzheimer's disease compared to just 5.5. percent of Whites.

New Director Seeks to Expand the Focus of Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute

Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University, is seeking to expand the scope of the institute from one dealing mostly with the humanities to a large number of academic disciplines.

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women's Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

Emory Offering a MOOC on the Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement

The course, "From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement," will be taught by Bernard LaFayette Jr., a distinguished scholar in residence at Emory University.

Emory University Professor Resurrects the History of America’s Great Black Jockey

Pellom McDaniels III, an assistant professor of African American studies, is the author of a biography of Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys in horse racing history. Largely due to Dr. Daniels' efforts, the City of Lexington, Kentucky, recently held a five-day celebration honoring Murphy.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

A Haunting Photographic Essay on Morris Brown College

The University of Georgia Press has published a striking new book chronicling the troubles of historically Black Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

The First African American Dean at North Greenville University

H. Paul Thompson was named dean of the College of Humanities at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He is the first African American dean in the university's history.

Emory University Students Explore Cold Case Files From the Civil Rights Era

Since 2011, Emory University in Atlanta has offered a course on the cold case murder files from the civil rights era. Students are instructed on investigative journalism techniques and then pursue leads on cold case files from Georgia's past.

In Memoriam: Verdelle B. Bellamy, 1927-2015

In 1963, Verdelle Bellamy received a master's degree in nursing from Emory University. She was one of two Black students to earn a degree that day, the first African Americans to earn degrees from the university.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Currently, Dr. Wingard is the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm. Earlier, he was vice dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the executive education program.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Marlon James, an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the fiction prize and Jericho Brown, an assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, won the poetry award.

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

Faculty members profiled here include Paul Potier of Prairie View A&M, Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Maurice Smith of Harvard, Pamela Barber-Freeman of Prairie View A&M, John Dabiri of CalTech, Phillip Williams of Emory University, and Clarence Lusane of American University.

Emory University’s Natasha Trethewey Is Now a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine

Professor Trethewey, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, will select a poem for publication each week and write a short introduction to the work.

Perceptions of People Referred to as “Black” Compared to “African American”

A new study led by Erika V. Hall, an assistant professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, finds that people identified as "Black" are viewed more negatively than individuals referred to as "African American."

Emory University Acquires the Papers of Barbara Chase-Riboud

The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta has announced that it has acquired the papers of Barbara Chase-Riboud, a noted sculptor, novelist, artist, and poet.

Emory University Debuts Archive of 12,000 Photos of African Americans

The Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection includes nearly 12,000 photographs depicting African American life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Spelman College Enters Dual Degree Program With Emory University’s School of Nursing

Under the program, students will spend their first three years at Spelman College. They will then spend two years at Emory completing their training and will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor's of science degree in nursing.

Natasha Trethewey Archive to Be Housed at Emory University

Natasha Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. She served two terms as poet laureate of the United States and has won the Pulitzer Prize.

Emory University Scholar to Receive the Lillian Smith Book Award

Bernard Lafayette Jr., the Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is being honored for his book about his time as leader of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights protests.

Four African Americans Presented With Prestigious Awards

The four honorees are Lynden A. Archer of Cornell University in New York, Gary L. LeRoy of Wright State University in Detroit, Jada Bussey-Jones of Emory University in Atlanta, and Derek Wilson of Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

New Administrative Posts for Nine African Americans in Higher Education

The new administrative appointees are Joyce A. Dixon, Yohuru Williams, Selina B. Kohn, Milyon Trulove, Denisha L. Hendricks, Destinee Waiters, Mathwon Howard, Lamont Hinson, and Gregory Harris.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The appointees are Damon L. Williams Jr. at Emory University, Tiffany C. Graham at the University of South Dakota, Timothy E. Sams at Morehouse College, Keith McIntosh at Ithaca College, and Kermit Crawford at the University of Southern California.

Emory University Acquires the Papers of Poet Nathaniel Mackey

Dr. Mackey is a professor emeritus of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He recently was named the winner of the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 2006, he won the National Book Award in the poetry category.

Two African American Women Announce Their Retirements

Charlotte Pierce-Baker is retiring from teaching and was named professor emerita at Vanderbilt University. Lelia Crawford is retiring after 35 years as an administrator at Emory University.

Two African American Women Named Deans at Emory University in Atlanta

Erika Hayes James was appointed dean of the Goizueta Business School at the university and Bridgette Young Ross will be the dean of the chapel and spiritual life.

African American Faculty Appointments

Michael Lee Owens was reelected chair of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association, James Lance Taylor was promoted at the University of San Francisco, and Quito Swan of Howard University was named an NEH University Teachers Fellow.

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