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Distinguished Honors for Three African American Faculty Members

Professor Charles Ogletree is having an endowed chair named in his honor at Harvard Law School. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Florida State University was honored for lifetime achievement in dance and Trudier Harris of the University of Alabama has honored for being the first tenured Black faculty member at the College of William and Mary.

A Historical Marker at the University of Alabama Honors Autherine Lucy Foster

After a three-year legal battle, in 1956 Autherine Lucy Foster enrolled in a graduate program in education at the University of Alabama. Angry protests by White students ensured. Foster was suspended three days later "for her own safety" and she was later expelled.

Stillman College Scholar Shares a Screenwriting Award

Linda Royster Beito, associate dean of arts and sciences at Stillman College in Alabama, will share first prize in the Alabama Writers' Conclave 2017 Screenwriting Competition. The screenplay deals with civil rights leader T.R.M. Howard's involvement with the Emmett Till murder case.

Alabama State University Professor Wins the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize

Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery, was named as the recipient of the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize from the Balcones Center for Creative Writing at Austin Community College.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative posts are Brenda Faye Green at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Carl Simien at the University of Florida, G. Christine Taylor at the University of Alabama, Kimberly Harrington at Livingstone College, and Stephan Moore at Louisiana State University Alexandria.

Notable Honors for Two African American Male Scholars

The honorees are William Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University, and Kenon Brown, an assistant professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Alabama.

Gregory Robinson Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Gregory H. Robinson is the University of Georgia Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia. Founded more than 175 years ago, the Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.

The Finalists for Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has announced a field of four finalist for the position of vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion. All four candidates are African Americans.

University of Alabama History Class Documents Lynchings That Occurred Near Campus

The class "Southern Memory: Lynchings in the South," examined the history and legal environment that led to more than 4,000 lynchings of African Americans. Then each student was assigned to research and document the particular case of one lynching victim.

Alabama State University Scholar Wins Best Book of the Year Award

Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery was named as the recipient of the Seven Sister Book Award for the best book of the year.

Tuskegee University Researchers Design Strong Biodegradable Plastics

Michael L. Curry, an associate professor in the department of chemistry at Tuskegee University and graduate student Donald H. White have produced cellulose-based plastics that are flexible and significantly stronger than previously biodegradable plastics.

Cornelius Carter Appointed to an Endowed Chair at the University of Alabama

Professor Carter, who holds a a master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, also serves as director of the dance program at the University of Alabama and as artistic director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.

University of Alabama Debuts Online Archive of Documents Relating to the Scottsboro Boys

The archive, “To See Justice Done: Letters from the Scottsboro Trials,” includes thousands of letters, documents, petitions, and telegrams that were sent to Alabama governors during the legal proceedings.

The Snail-Like Progress of Racial Diversity in Sororities at the University of Alabama

This year's sorority rush was just completed. There were 25 African American students who received bids among the 2,488 women who were accepted at traditionally White sororities. This is just a shade over 1 percent. Blacks are 11 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is presented by the University of Alabama Law School and the ABA Journal. Locke is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Texas Southern University Chooses Its Next President

Austin A. Lane has been serving as executive vice chancellor of Lone Star College System based in The Woodlands, Texas. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Lane was president of the Montgomery campus of Lone Star College.

University Project Is Creating a Database of Runaway Slave Advertisements

Researchers at Cornell University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Alabama are collaborating on a project to digitize as many as 100,000 runaway slave advertisements that appeared in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century newspapers.

New Administrative Duties for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

Hired to new posts are Carl E. Brown Sr. at Howard University, Clement Stokes at the University of California, Davis, Hope Murphy Tyehimba at North Carolina Central University, Eric Sexton at Wichita State University, and Sebastian Awondo at the University of Alabama.

Six African Americans Appointed to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Taking on new roles are Katherine Bassard at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vita C. Pickrum at Delaware State University, Adam A. Smith at the University of Alabama, Pamela A. Anthony at Southern Methodist University, Constance Mallette at Winston-Salem State University, and Ivan L. Harrell II at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Historically Black Albany State University to Merge With Darton State College

Arthur Dunning, interim president of Albany State University, has been selected as president of the new merged institution. The two educational institutions combined enroll close to 10,000 students.

The New President of Bishop State Community College

Valerie Richardson has been serving as interim president of the college since August. She is the former vice president for institutional advancement and student services at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are George L. Daniels of the University of Alabama, Lawanda Cummings of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Hewitt W. Matthews of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Dawn J. Wright of Oregon State University.

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is administered by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Johnson is the first woman and the first African American to win the prize.

Al M. Panu Appointed Chancellor of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort

Since 2013, Dr. Panu has served as senior vice president for university affairs at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Earlier he was vice president for academic affairs at Gainesville State College, which is now part of the University of North Georgia.

In Memoriam: Wallace Maryland Jr., 1933-2015

Professor Maryland began his tenure on the Alabama State University faculty in 1963 as an instructor of mathematics. He served as chair of the department of mathematics and physical sciences at the university from 1974 to his retirement in 2009.

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles or responsibilities are Tirin Moore at Stanford University, Emma A. Faulk at Alabama State University, Jennifer F. Hamer at the University of Kansas, and Trudier Harris at the University of Alabama.

The New Dean of the College of Business at Alabama A&M University

Delmonize Smith has been a successful entrepreneur, selling his first high-tech start-up company at the age of 25. He holds a Ph.D. in management from the University of Alabama.

Student Expelled From a Sorority at the University of Alabama for Using Racial Slur

The Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has expelled a member who used a racial slur in the caption of a photograph on Snapchat.

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.

One African American Among the Four Finalists for President of the University of Nebraska System

Prior to his appointment as president of Central Michigan University in 2010, Dr. George Ross served as president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Bernard Williams, 1952-2014

Dr. Bernard Williams was the long-time director of the "Golden Voices" choir at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. In addition to leading the choir, he served as college organist and was a professor of education.

The Good News and Bad News on Sororities at the University of Alabama

This year 21 Black women were offered bids to join sororities at the University of Alabama. But Black women were just 1 percent of all new sororities members. The process was further tainted by a sorority member's posting of a photograph with a racist caption.

University of Alabama’s New Effort to Boost the Diversity of Its Business Students

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of incoming students.

Joan Yvette Davis Named Chancellor of Delgado Community College

Davis has been serving as interim president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A graduate of Bennett College, she is the former interim chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

Three African American Faculty Members Win Awards

The honorees are Viola L. Acoff of the University of Alabama, Dorinda Carter Andrews of Michigan State University and Margaret A. Burnham of the Northeastern University School of Law.

Arthur Dunning Is the New Leader of Albany State University

Dr. Dunning was serving as a professor and senior research fellow at the Education Policy Center of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is expected to serve as interim president for up to one year.

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