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Series Director

Howard Dodson

Howard Dodson is Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. A specialist in African American history and a noted lecturer, educator and consultant, Mr. Dodson has taught extensively around the country, including Emory University, Shaw University and Columbia University. He is a former consultant in the Office of the Chairman of the NEH, served as the Executive Director of the Institute of the Black World, and worked in the Peace Corps. Mr. Dodson has also been a consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus, Atlanta University, the Library of Congress and the US Department of Education.

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Managing Editor

Colin A. Palmer

Colin A. Palmer (PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1970) is the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and serves as the Managing Editor for the Schomburg project. Professor Palmer's interests are African American studies, African Diaspora, Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1570-1650 (Harvard University Press, 1976), Human Cargoes: The British Slave Trade to Spanish America, 1700-1739 (University of Illinois Press, 1981) and the two-volume set Passageways: An Interpretive History of Black America (Harcourt Brace, 1998).

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Contributing Editors

Lee Bernstein

Lee Bernstein is associate professor of history at the State University of New York, New Paltz. He is an historian of crime and punishment in US culture and politics between the 1940s and the 1970s. His research and writing focus on the history of organized crime and the history of prisons and prisoners. He is the author of The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002). He received his BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, MA from Boston College, and PhD from the University of Minnesota.

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Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is Associate Professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on African-American literature and culture, nineteenth century American literature, performance studies, cultural studies, and popular music culture. She is the author of various articles, including essays on the actress Adah Isaacs Menken, novelist Pauline Hopkins, black feminist theory and R&B music culture, and post-Civil Rights music culture and historical memory. Her book, Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2006. Brooks is also the author of a book on the late rock artist Jeff Buckley's debut album Grace, which is included in Continuum Press's 331/3 critical music series.

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Claude A. Clegg III

Claude A. Clegg III is a professor of history at Indiana University at Bloomington. He is the author of An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad (1997) and The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (2004), as well as several articles and book chapters. Presently, he is writing a book about a lynching that took place in early twentieth-century North Carolina. He teaches courses in African Diaspora history, with a particular focus upon the African American experience.

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Lisa Gail Collins

Lisa Gail Collins is Associate Professor of Art History and Africana Studies on the Class of 1951 Chair at Vassar College. Ms. Collins received her BA in Art History from Dartmouth College and her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is author of The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past (Rutgers University Press, 2002) and Art by African-American Artists: Selections from the 20th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, in association with Yale University Press, 2003). She is coauthor of African-American Artists, 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, in association with Yale University Press, 2003) and coeditor of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers University Press, 2006). She also served as associate editor for the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, 2nd ed. (Macmillan Reference, 2005). Ms. Collins has taught at Barnard College and Princeton University, and received research fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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William A. Darity, Jr.

William A. Darity, Jr. earned a BA (magna cum laude) in economics and political science from Brown University (1974) and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978). He is Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Economics and adjunct faculty in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is Director of the Institute of African American Research, which promotes research on peoples of the African Diaspora. He also serves as Research Professor of Public Policy Studies, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University.

His most recent books are Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Micro-Foundations to Macroapplications (2004), coauthored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson, and a volume co-edited with Ashwini Deshpande titled Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003), both published by Routledge. He has published or edited 10 books and more than 125 articles in professional journals.

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Gerald Early

Gerald Early is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the Department of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several books, including The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture (1994), which was awarded the 1994 National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism. He is also the editor of The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998). He has served as an on-air analyst for several projects on ESPN involving black athletes and was a consultant for filmmaker Ken Burns' documentaries "Baseball" (1994) and "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" (2004).

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Demetrius L. Eudell

Demetrius L. Eudell teaches U.S. history and African American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the author of The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) as well as a series of essays on nineteenth-century U.S. and Caribbean history. His work examines the production of knowledge which has resulted from the belief system of race and its contradictions that have been foundational to Western modernity.

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Michael A. Gomez

Michael A. Gomez (PhD, University of Chicago, 1985) is Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. His research projects include African Muslims in the Americas, African repatriation, illegal slave trade to North America, and conversion in the Islamic, Christian, and Judaic traditions. He has been involved with the launching of a new academic organization, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and has published extensively. Exchanging Our Country Marks: the Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South was published in 1998 by the University of North Carolina Press and Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: the Pre-colonial State of Bundu was published in 1992 by Cambridge University Press.

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Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin is Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the city of New York. Her areas of interests include American and African American literature and history as well as African American intellectual history, music, and politics. Professor Griffin graduated from Harvard University with honors and received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Before coming to Columbia, Professor Griffin was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was tenured in 1998. At the University of Pennsylvania she received awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and for Academic Excellence (awarded by the Trustees Council of Penn Women). Professor Griffin has also taught at Bryn Mawr College and Trinity College.

Professor Griffin is the author of Who Set You Flowin': The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford University Press, 1995), an interdisciplinary study of representations of African American migration in literature, painting and music. From 1996 to 1997 she was a fellow at the Mary Ingram Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, where she completed her second book, If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001). Professor Griffin is also the editor of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing (Beacon, 1998) and Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut 1854-1868 (Knopf, 1999). She co-edited, with Robert O'Meally and Brent Hayes Edwards, Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004). Professor Griffin's essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, Callaloo, and African American Review.

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Michelle Hay

Michelle Hay (doctoral student in Anthropology at the Graduate School and University Center-CUNY). Her research interests are racial ideologies and practices in the Americas, and black immigrants in the United States. Her doctoral research is on Afro-Cuban immigrants in the U. S. She is currently completing her dissertation, and is teaching in the Department of Social Sciences, Purchase College-SUNY.

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Tera W. Hunter

Tera W. Hunter (PhD, Yale University, 1990) is an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a social and cultural historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history and her areas of specialization are African American, women's, labor, and Southern history. Her award-winning book, To 'Joy My Freedom (Harvard University Press, 1997), is a community study of working-class women in the urban south, focused primarily on Atlanta, Georgia, from the Civil War through the Great Migration. She is currently working on a book, The Marriage Covenant is at the Foundation of All Our Rights: Slave and Free Black Marriages in the Nineteenth Century (contracted with Harvard University Press).

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Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie

Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie (PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1993) is a visiting associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His teaching interests include slavery, abolition, and post-emancipation societies. His major publications include Freedpeople in the Tobacco South: Virginia, 1860-1900 (1999) and Rites of August First: West Indian Emancipation and Antislavery in the Black Atlantic World (2007).

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Barbara Krauthamer

Barbara Krauthamer is an assistant professor of History at New York University. Her primary research interests include slavery and the transition to freedom, and African American women's labor and political activism. Her current work focuses on Black/Indian relations in the nineteenth-century United States. She has published a number of articles on: slavery and emancipation in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, black women in the Creek nation, and runaway slaves in the southeast. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the history of African Americans' slavery, emancipation and struggles for citizenship in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. It explores the makings and meanings of race and citizenship within these Indian nations and also in the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century, an era in which federal efforts to establish Black people's freedom coincided with policies to erode Indian peoples' tribal autonomy and land claims.

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Agustín Laó-Montes

Agustín Laó-Montes teaches in the sociology department and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/American and Caribbean Studies, and with the Afro-American Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He co-edited the book Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York and is completing a manuscript titled "Afro-Latin@s: Black Cultures and Racial Politics in the Americas." His new co-edited book "Techno-Futuros: Critical Interventions in Latino Studies" will be published next spring. He has published articles in fields such as world-historical sociology, cultural studies, political sociology, decolonial critique, American studies, Latino/American studies, and African Diaspora studies.

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Paul E. Lovejoy

Paul E. Lovejoy is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History, York University, Toronto, and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1973, and has conducted extensive research in West Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Latin America. He has published more than twenty books and 120 articles and papers on African history and the African Diaspora, including Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (1983), which was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Social Sciences Federation of Canada, and with J. S. Hogendorn, Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1935 (1993), which was awarded the Howard K. Ferguson Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. He has edited or co-edited several books on ethnicity and the African Diaspora, and has been a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO "Slave Route" Project, Secteur du Culture. Currently he is Director of the Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora ( He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Research Professor at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, UK. He is on the editorial boards of Slavery and Abolition and Atlantic Studies, and is co-editor of African Economic History. He is currently compiling a biographical database of enslaved Africans and their descendants.

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Kenneth R. Manning

A native of Dillon, South Carolina, Kenneth R. Manning earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in the history of science at Harvard University. Since 1974 he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served six years as head of the writing program there. He is currently the Thomas Meloy Professor of Rhetoric and of the History of Science at MIT. Professor Manning's biography, Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just (Oxford University Press, 1983), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the recipient of the Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society. In 1991, he presented the George Sarton Memorial Lecture in the History of Science at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was science editorial adviser for the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Simon & Schuster, 1996) and served on the editorial board for African American Lives (Oxford University Press, 2004). Professor Manning is now working on a book-length social history of African Americans in science, technology, and medicine.

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Lucius T. Outlaw Jr

Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., professor of philosophy and of Africana and diaspora studies at Vanderbilt University, is the associate provost for undergraduate education. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty, Outlaw was the T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College and taught at Fisk University and Morgan State University. During the 1997-1998 academic year he was in residence in the philosophy department of Boston College as the Honorable David S. Nelson Professor. Other visiting appointments have included Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor at Spelman College (1986-1987); Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Howard University (1992-1993); and R. Hawley Truax Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Hamilton College (fall semester, 1994).

Outlaw was born and raised in Starkville, Mississippi. He earned a BA in Philosophy, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Fisk University in 1967, and his PhD, with distinction, from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, in 1972. Outlaw's areas of specialization include Africana philosophy; European Continental philosophy; history of Western philosophy; and social and political philosophy (Marx, Critical Social Theory).

In addition to numerous essays, Outlaw has published On Race and Philosophy (Routledge, 1996) and Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folks (Roman and Littlefield, 2005). He is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy and Social Criticism and Speculative Philosophy. A member of the American Philosophical Association, he has served on the association's board of officers and as the chairman of various APA committees, including Committee on Inclusiveness, the Committee on Blacks in Philosophy, Committee on the Prospects and Future of the Profession, the Program Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Association's Eastern Division. Outlaw is married to Freida D. Hopkins (DNSc, MSN, RN), and the father of three sons: Lucius T., III, Kofi Atiba Brooks-Bobbitt, and Chiké Hasani-Hopkins.

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Linda M. Perkins

Linda M. Perkins, PhD is University Associate Professor and Director of Applied Women's Studies at the Claremont Graduate University. She holds an interdisciplinary university appointment in the departments of Applied Women's Studies, Educational Studies and History. Perkins is a historian of women's and African American higher education. Her primary areas of research are on the history of African American women's higher education, the education of African Americans in elite institutions and the history of talent identification programs for African Americans students. She has served as Vice President of Division F (History and Historiography) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and has also served as a member of the Executive Council of AERA. She is currently on the editorial boards of the History of Education Quarterly and the Review of African American Education. Her publications include Fanny Jackson Coppin and the Institute for Colored Youth, 1837-1902 (1987) and "The African American Female Elite: The Early History of African American Women in the Seven Sister Colleges, 1880-1960" in the Harvard Educational Review (Winter 1997). Professor Perkins was on the National Planning Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education at New York University and taught a course on Brown in fall of 2004. She organized a national conference of the Impact of the Brown v. Board of Education and the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Race and Higher Education Conference at The Claremont Colleges which convened in February of 2005.

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Charlene Regester

Charlene Regester (PhD, UNC -Chapel Hill, 1987) As an Assistant Professor in the Department of African & Afro-American at UNC -Chapel Hill, Charlene Regester's research primarily investigates the contributions of African Americans to American cinema before 1950. Currently, she co-edits the Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter (published by Duke University) and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Film and Video. As a film historian, she has interviewed for and appeared in documentaries on Hattie McDaniel (sponsored by American Movie Classics) and "I'll Make Me a World" (PBS).

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Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Robert F. Reid-Pharr is professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a theorist of race and sexuality as well as a scholar of early national and antebellum America. He is the author of two books, Conjugal Union: The Body, the House and the Black American (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Black Gay Man: Essays (New York University Press, 2001) for which he won the 2002 Publishing Triangle Randy Shilts Award for best gay non- fiction. Reid-Pharr has also worked as an editor, publishing key critical editions of both Frank Webb's The Garies and Their Friends (Johns Hopkins University Press), the third novel published by a black American; and Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or, Gustavus Vassa, the African (Random House), one of the earliest English language narratives written by a person of African descent. He is currently completing a study of post World War II black American literature and film entitled, Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire and the Black American Intellectual. He has been both a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Noliwe Rooks

Noliwe Rooks (PhD, University of Iowa, 1994) is the Associate Director of Program in African American Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests include the study of class and gender in African American communities during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has served as a visiting scholar at Columbia University's African American Studies and is currently completing her forthcoming book African American Women's Magazines, 1891-1978: A Social and Cultural History, (Rutgers University Press).

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James H. Sweet

James H. Sweet(PhD, City University of New York, 1999) is currently an Assistant Professor of History in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Sweet is the author of Recreating Africa: Race, Religion, and Sexuality in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770 (2003). He has focused his research on the cultural connections between Africa and the early colonial slave communities of Brazil.

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Quintard Taylor

Quintard Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, is the author of In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990 (New York: Norton, 1998) and The Forging of a Black Community: A History of Seattle's Central District from 1870 Through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994). He is also co-editor with Lawrence B. de Graaf and Kevin Mulroy of Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001) and with Shirley Moore of African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003). For additional bibliographical information see his website at

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Richard Brent Turner

Richard Brent Turner (PhD, Religion, Princeton University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Coordinator of the African American Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Professor Turner's publications include: Islam in the African-American Experience (Indiana University Press, 1997 & 2003) and articles published in The Muslim World, Middle East Affairs Journal, Religion Today, The Journal of Haitian Studies, International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Newsletter, The Black Perspective in Music, and the Journal of Religious Thought.

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William L. Van Deburg

William L. Van Deburg (PhD, Michigan State University, 1973) is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He specializes in the cultural aspects of black history with special emphasis on the institution of slavery and on the portrayal of blacks in film and popular literature. Van Deburg is the author of The Slave Drivers (1979), Slavery & Race in American Popular Culture (1984), New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture (1992), Modern Black Nationalism (1997), Black Camelot: African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980 (1997), and Hoodlums: Black Villains and Social Bandits in American Life (2004).

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Maurice O. Wallace

Maurice O. Wallace is associate professor of English and African and African American Studies at Duke University. A 1995 Duke PhD, he has also taught at in the departments of English and African and Afro-American Studies at Yale University. He is a former member of the Yale Journal of Criticism editorial collective. Author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, he teaches African American literary and cultural theory, 19th century American literature, and gender and sexuality studies. His recent works have turned to visual culture, with particular emphases on photographic representation, and the visual technologies of race, gender, and difference. Presently, he is at work on two books: the first is a critical meditation on race, vocation, and exile in the life of James Baldwin; the second is a study on photography, masculinity and the African American Civil War soldier. Wallace's essays have appeared in American Literary History and Journal of African American History and four critical anthologies.

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Ronald Walters

Ronald Walters received his BA degree in history and government with honors from Fisk University (1963), and both his MA (1966) in African Studies and PhD (1971) in International Studies from American University. Until his death in 2010, he held the positions of "The Distinguished Leadership Scholar", Director of the African American Leadership Institute in the Academy of Leadership, and full professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland College Park. Walters authored over 50 articles and 8 books.

Two of his last published books are: White Nationalism, Black Interest: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (Wayne State University Press, 2003) and Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates and American Presidential Politics (Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2005).

In 1984 he was Deputy Campaign Manager for Issues of the Jesse Jackson Campaign for President, and in 1988 was a consultant for Convention issues for Jackson. Walters was on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, Voices for Working Families, and other organizations.

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Chad Williams

Chad Williams (PhD, Princeton, 2004) is an Assistant Professor of History at Hamilton College. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and African American studies from UCLA and a master's degree and PhD in history from Princeton University. Williams's teaching and research interests include modern US and African American history, the First World War, African American intellectual history and the African Diaspora. In addition to revising his dissertation for book publication, Williams is editing a collection of W.E.B. Du Bois's writings and correspondence on the First World War.

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Clint C. Wilson II, EdD

Clint C. Wilson II, EdD is Professor of Journalism and Graduate Professor of Communications in the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University where he also serves as director of the Black Press Institute. Dr. Wilson has written extensively on the relationship between people of color and general audience media and has been published in such periodicals as Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, Journalism Educator, Quill and Change. His books include "A History of the Black Press," (1997) which completed the unfinished work of the late journalism historian Dr. Armistead S. Pride, and "Black Journalists in Paradox" (1991). "Racism, Sexism and the Media," a work he co-authored with Fèlix Gutièrrez and Lena Chao, was cited as the best research book on journalism in 2003 by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a recipient of the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation. As a professional journalist, Dr. Wilson has been a reporter or editor with various news organizations including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Pasadena Star-News, St. Petersburg Times and the Los Angeles Sentinel.

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