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University of Iowa professor, African art expert, Christopher Roy dead at 72



Professor Christopher Roy, a stalwart of African art and art teaching that spanned a 41-year career at the University of Iowa, passed away Sunday in …
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Professor mixes music with education



“She was a huge figure in African-American music. … With African-American composers, sometimes people think that they only do spiritual and don't …
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PUBlic Professor Series talk explores the building blocks of African development


African development efforts have gone through sharp turns and twists since the dawn of independence in the late 1950s. Lessons from analyzing these efforts point to the reorientation of the incentive structures for politicians, business elites and the electorates, as the critical pillar among the building blocks of Africa’s development.

On Thursday, January 24, University of Lethbridge economics professor Dr. Alexander Darku will present The Building Blocks of Africa’s Development: Resources, Politics and Economics. This is the fourth talk of the 2018/19 season for the Faculty of Arts & Science’s PUBlic Professor Series. The free event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge and is open to the public.

In this presentation, Darku will critically analyze the…

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The Argonaut – PSU professor spoke in remembrance of MLK, Jr.


Shirley Jackson, professor and chair of black studies at Portland State University, began her address at the University of Idaho Martin Luther King Celebrations by acknowledging that 2019 is a year of many anniversaries.

She said the founding of the Colored National Labor Union was 150 years ago, the formation of the NAACP was 110 years ago and James Earl Ray’s confession to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. occurred 50 years ago. From this brief history, Jackson lead into her main topic — the history of housing crises in African American communities.

“The issue of housing and homelessness impacts so many people,” Jackson said. “It is not just a civil rights issue. It’s a human rights issue.”

Jackson mentioned that King focused on areas with large African American…

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Penfield College Professor Dr. Melanie Pavich Awarded New Grant for Project to Document African-American History in…


ATLANTA – Dr. Melanie Pavich, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and history in Penfield College, has been awarded a grant of nearly $2,000 to support continuing research and service by Mercer students and faculty focused on preservation of African-American heritage and heritage sites on the Georgia coast.

The grant was awarded by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

This is the second Georgia Humanities grant that Dr. Pavich has received for her seven-plus-year research-based service-learning project, and it will assist in the funding of an upcoming public presentation by Mercer students and faculty members, titled “This is My Dirt: Stories of Saint Simons Island,” based on…

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Howard Fine Arts Professor Shows How African Dance Chronicled History


By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer

Dance as viewed through our modern lens is centered on entertainment. You can hardly look at a music video, sports game or viral clip that doesn’t involve the latest dance move of the moment.

Thanks, Odell Beckham Jr.

Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola, professor of Africana Dance and Performance History at Howard University and author of “History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Madinka Dance.” (Courtesy Photo)

However, for Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola, professor of Africana dance and performance history at Howard University and author of “History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance,” the movements many watch and emulate had a much more important role in African history—to tell the Black story.

“History is a field founded…

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