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Dedrick Asante-Muhammad Named President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

"In this 21st century, the problem of the color line is still at the center of inequality and division in the United States, and it is my goal to position the Joint Center to lead the nation beyond its historical divisions and injustice," says Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, incoming president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Kelly Brown Douglas Wins the Grawemeyer Award for Religion

Kelly Brown Douglas is dean of the Union Theological Seminary’s Episcopal Divinity School in New York City. She also serves as a canon theologian at Washington Cathedral. She is one of the first Black female Episcopal priests in the United States and the first Black person to head an Episcopal Church-affiliated educational institution.

In Memoriam Ralph Reavis Sr., 1940-2021

Dr. Reavis was the pastor of several churches and taught for more than two decades at Virginia Union University. In 2000, he was named president of his alma mater, now called Virginia University of Lynchburg. He served in that role until 2015.

Six African Americans Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Brigette A. Bryant at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, Rita L. Walters at Union Theological Siminary in New York, Rolanda Burney at the University of Massachusetts, Bryle Henderson Hatch at North Carolina A&T State University, Carol E. Henderson at Emory University in Atlanta, and Rhae-Ann Booker at the University of Michigan.

LaKeesha Walrond Appointed President of the New York Theological Seminary

Dr. Walrond has served as the executive pastor of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, for over 10 years. When she assumes the presidency of the New York Theological Seminary on June 3, 2019, she will be the first woman to lead the educational institution.

Calvin O. Butts III Announces Plans to Step Down as President of SUNY Old Westbury

Rev. Butts has led the university since 1999. He will go on study leave for the spring semester of 2020 and plans to return as professor of American Studies in the fall of 2020.

In Memoriam: Jean Fairfax, 1920-2019

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fairfax served as dean of women at what is now Kentucky State University in Frankfort and at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Five Black “Geniuses” Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 25 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. The honors, frequently referred to as the “Genius Awards,” include a $625,000 stipend over the next five years which the individuals can use as they see fit.

In Memoriam: James Hal Cone, 1938-2018

Dr. Cone was the Bill & Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he taught for nearly a half century. He is known as the father of Black Liberation Theology.

James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

The Grawemeyer Award in religion is given to individuals who publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between humans and the divine. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

Virginia Union University Names Its Next President

Since 2012, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lucas held fundraising posts at SUNY-Westbury and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander Selected to Receive a $250,000 Heinz Award

Michelle Alexander is a visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary and a senior fellow at the Ford Foundation. Earlier, she taught at Ohio State University and Stanford Law School. Professor Alexander is being honored for her research on racial disparities in incarceration rates.

Cornel West to Return to Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, called Professor West, "the leading public theologian of our age."

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