Amilcar Shabazz
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B.A.     Economics   University of Texas     1982

M.A.     History         Lamar University        1990
Thesis: “The Desegregation of Lamar State College of Technology: An Analysis of Race and Education in Southeast Texas.” 
Committee: John Carroll, Adrian Anderson, and Ralph Wooster 

Texas State Board for Educator Certification, Secondary Social Studies (Grades 6-12), Lifetime validity, effective 3/20/1991

Ph.D.   History        University of Houston 1996
Areas: U.S., Latin America, Theory & Narrative in Historical Studies. Dissertation: “The Opening of the Southern Mind: The Desegregation of Higher Education in Texas, 1865-1965” (nominated for the Society of American Historians’ Nevins Prize).

Professional Positions

Since 2007  University of Massachusetts Amherst: Professor, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies (Chair from 2007-2012; 2016-2018); Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence (2013-2016) |

2005-2007  Oklahoma State University: Associate Professor of History, Director of the American Studies Program and Founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies & Development

2006  University of Oklahoma: Visiting Lecturer, African & African American Studies

1997-2005  The University of Alabama: Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the African American Studies Program (Assistant Professor, 1997-2003)

1992-1997  University of Houston: Research Associate, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Faculty Affairs & Postdoctoral Fellow in History (1996-1997); Lecturer, African American Studies Program and Department of History

1994-1996  University of Houston-Downtown: Instructor/Conoco Dissertation Fellow

1993-94  Prairie View A&M University: Banneker Honors Instructor of History

1992  Houston Community College: Instructor, Department of History

1992  Lee College: Adjunct Instructor, Division of Social Sciences

1989-1991  Lamar University: Lecturer, Department of History

1989-1991  Beaumont Independent School District: Subst. School Teacher

Awards and Honors Received

2014  Winner of the National Council for Black Studies Presidential Award for exemplary service

2013  UnityFirst ‘Common Ground’ Award for Leading by Example in Springfield, MA

2009  Named a member of the Texas Institute of Letters for distinctive literary achievement

2005  The T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award for Advancing Democracy
History of Education Society Outstanding Book Honorable Mention for Advancing Democracy

Essence Magazine Top-Ten Recommended Book

2004-09  Fulbright Senior Specialist on Higher Education (São Paulo, Brazil)

2003-04  Gubernatorial appointment to the State of Alabama’s Brown 50th Anniversary Commission

2001  Scholar Award, Milwaukee Area Technical College Black Student Union

1982  Community Service Award, Sankhore Holistic Health Institute, Austin, TX

While at Oklahoma State University

2006  The African Students Organization Outstanding Achievement Award

 While at the University of Alabama

2005  The Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award – School of Social Work

2003-04  Flaming Torch Award – NAACP student chapter

2002-03  Sam S. May Commitment to Service Award (co-recipient)

2001 National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award

2000  Carl Elliott Society Significant Commitment to Public Service Award

1999  Autherine Lucy Foster Award for Significant Contribution to the Community

1998  Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Inductee

While at the University of Houston

1996-97  Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Higher Education

1994-96  Conoco Dissertation Fellow in History (Downtown campus)

1991-95  Miller Dissertation Research Grants and Del Barto Scholarship

1991-93  Cullen Graduate Scholarship

1991-92  Stella Ehrhardt Memorial Fellowship

 While at Lamar University

1990  Outstanding Member of the Graduating Class

1990  Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

1990  Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society for History, Mu Chi Chapter

1990  Academic Achievement Award, Black Student Association

1989  Blue Key National Honor Fraternity

1989  Academic Achievement Award, Black Student Association

While at Pratt Institute

Student Government Association Outstanding Contributions Award

While at the University of Texas at Austin

1980  Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society for Economics Majors

1980  Christopher Marshall Memorial Scholarship, Economics Department

1978  Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshmen Honor Society (Dean’s List)

1977  Thomas Lee Memorial Scholarship, Knights of Saint Peter Claver

Research and Publications

Books & Monographs

Women and Others: Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Empire. Co-editor with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda Johnson Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas. University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

The Forty Acres Documents: What Did the United States Really Promise the People Freed from Slavery? The Malcolm Generation, 1994.

The Desegregation of Higher Education in Texas: A Statistical Summary and Research Report. Institute for African American Policy Research, University of Houston. 1992.

Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

“Ahmad A. Rahman’s Making of Black ‘Solutionaries’” (2015). The Journal of Pan African Studies. 102.  Retrieved from

“The Shoulders We Stand On: Black Professionals & the Transformation of U.S. Society” introduction to A Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas by Darwin Payne. Southern Methodist University Press (2009).

“Carter Wesley & the Making of Houston’s Civic Culture before the Second Reconstruction.” The Houston Review vol. 1, no. 2 (2004): 8-13, 49-50.

“Carter Wesley: Sounding the Ram’s Horn for Human Rights,” in Ty Cashion & Frank de la Teja, eds., The Human Tradition in Texas (Scholarly Resources, 2001) 161-75.

One for the Crows, One for the Crackers: The Strange Career of Public Higher Education in Houston, Texas.” The Houston Review XVIII, 2 (1998): 124-143.

“Art Truths: Houston’s Artistic Traditions and the Problem of Respectability,” ArtLies (Summer 1997): 20-22.

“Blacks and the Vietnam War,” in James Olson, ed., The Vietnam War: Handbook of the Literature and Research (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993), pp. 319-334.

“The African American Educational Legacy in Beaumont, Texas: A Preliminary Analysis.” Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record 27 (1991): 56-76.

Essays, Reviews, & Encyclopedia Entries

Statement on the International Year of People of African Descent and the Historic Demand for Reparations.” The Journal of African American History, co-authored with Akinyele Umoja, vol 96, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 440-41. Appears at this link.

“Andrew J. Smitherman,” “Inman Edward Page,” and “James Edward ‘Jimmy’ Rushing,” in African American History in the American West: Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places, ed. Quintard Taylor (2006-2009)

Review of The Political Use of Racial Narratives: School Desegregation in Mobile, Alabama, 1954-97 by Richard A. Pride, in The Alabama Review (October 2006): 300-302.

Review of They Too Call Alabama Home by Richard Bailey, in The Alabama Review (January 2002): 75-76.

“Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford),” in Malcolm X Encyclopedia by Robert L. Jenkins and Mfanya D. Tryman, eds. (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002): 62-63.

How Deep the Well: From Selma to Timbuktu.” The Bus Stop (Fall 2001).

Review of Make Haste Slowly: Moderates, Conservatives, and School Desegregation in Houston by William H. Kellar, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 105 (Oct. 2001): 377-78.

“African American Entrepreneurs in Alabama: The Roots of Black Business History.” The Net Work Directory Vol. 4 (2000-2001): 50-51.

Review of A Walk to Freedom: The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth & the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights by Marjorie White, in Alabama Review (July 2000): 237-38.

Review of From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo by Mary Stanton, in The Journal of Mississippi History (Winter 1999): 401-02.

“What is the Value and Meaning of Black History Month?” Mobile Register, Feb. 21, 1999.

“Putting Black Voices in Print.” Review of Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory by Philip Foner & Robert Branham, in Black Issues in Higher Education. April 16, 1998.

Review of African American Political Thought, 1890-1930: Washington, Du Bois, Garvey & Randolph by Cary Wintz, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 101 (October 1997): 267-68.

“A Clear Voice: Remembering Betty Shabazz,” The Source: The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics (September 1997): 80-81.

Review of Soulfires: Young Black Men on Love and Violence by Daniel J. Wideman and Robyn B. Preston, in The Journal of Negro History82, issue 3 (Summer 1997): 345-46.

“David McGee: Stepin Fetchit Amongst the Nobles,” ArtLies (April-June 1996): 26-28.

Review of Promises to Keep: A Call for a New American Revolution by Richard N. Goodwin, in The Texas Journal of Political Studies (Spring-Summer 1996): 79-81.

“Gangs in the Nation: The Copycat Syndrome and Media Tricks,” The Source: The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics (April 1996): 77.

“Activist Organizations Working to Free Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War,” The Source: The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics (October 1995): 82.

Giving Back to the Community! — Interview with Gil Scott-Heron,” with Larvester Gaither, Gaither Reporter v. 3, n. 2, (February 1995): 13.

Review of Calculating Visions: Kennedy, Johnson, and Civil Rights by Mark Stern, in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 98(January 1994): 582‑83.

Review of Essays on the Civil Rights Movement by John Dittmer, George Wright, and Marvin Dulaney, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly 98 (July 1994): 166-67.

“Are HBCU’s Bastions of Black Nationalism?” National Honors Report (Sum. 1994): 2-4.

Review of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson, in By Any Means Necessary! (October 1990).

Creative & Digital Activity

2010  Consultant/Interviewee, Discovering Du Bois: The Niagara MovementLearning through digitized primary source documents—a website project of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of its effort to improve use of the Du Bois papers in the UMass Library. &

2008-2009  Cyberresurrection of Academic Journal Archive @

“Contributions in Black Studies: a Journal of African and Afro-American Studies (CIBS) is a free full-text academic journal, we placed online. The CIBS journal ran from 1977 to 1997, and all issues are now online for free…This will be a useful resource for those working in Black Studies, and especially for those seeking to track the changing ideas within this field over several decades. The website also has a short history of the journal and its editors.” –From Intute:

2009  Narrator of poems “Gotham City” and “An International Rage,” in For Victims and Survivors of September 11, a composition by Frederick C. Tillis, performed at the Jazz Ensemble I Concert, Jeffrey W. Holmes, director, November 23, 2009, UMass Amherst.

Talking head in entry on the “Rosenwald Schools in Alabama,” published in the Encyclopedia of Alabama, May 5, 2009. Excerpted from “Alabama Experience,” a Public Television series.

2007-2008  Co-organized “Max Roach Tribute,” with Jeffrey Cox, chair of the Department of Music & Dance, and John H. Bracey, March 2008. Events included a Photo Gallery Presentation by Ed Cohen, a reading by Martín Espada, and a performance by an Alumni Jazz Ensemble: Jake Epstein, Andy Jaffe, Genevieve Rose, Avery Sharpe and Royal Hartigan. The Influence of Max Roach at UMass Amherst & Beyond, a panel discussion held in New Africa House featured Herb Boyd, Sonia Sanchez, Billy Taylor, Frederick Tillis and Randy Weston, with Professor Bracey serving as moderator. The 27th Annual Jazz Showcase Concert ended the tribute with Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel & Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Chamber Jazz Sextets performing with special guests including the Lark String Quartet, Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Frederick Tillis, Randy Weston, Reggie Workman and others.

“Mapping the 3rd Ward in Houston: Story Work in the Face of Redevelopment,” a collaboration with Carroll Parrott Blue’s The Dawn Project, the University of Houston’s College of Education, and the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) of Berkeley, CA. A 9-12 December 2006 workshop led to the creation of a StoryMap for the 3rd Ward of Houston, Texas ( By placing short memoirs that combine creative writing, the family album, digital audio and video editing on an online map it integrates Digital Storytelling with mapping technologies (Geo-tagged images on Flickr, story-based GoogleMaps, Windows Live virtual tours, and walking tours via local cell phone, Bluetooth, and other imbedded wireless stories). My StoryMap, “Luddington’s Café,” is online at Uploaded 2007.

“My Grandmother is a Warrior”: The Story of Versie Lee Jackson and the Integration of Lamar University in Texas” (2007), produced by UTOPIA of the University of Texas Libraries. As a volunteer historical consultant to and talking head in this 20-minute documentary, I worked with content librarians, graphic designers, Web site builders, writers, programmers, information architects, videographers and more to break down the physical boundaries between the University and the world. Online at

Research & Development Grants

2010  “Africana Studies Network,” Co-PI with Mwangi wa Githinji, Mellon Mutual Mentoring (M3) Team Grant Program, AY09-10, $6,110; UMass Office of Faculty Development

2009  “African American Studies Faculty Cluster,” Mellon Mutual Mentoring (M3) Team Grant Program, AY08-09, $10,000; UMass Office of Faculty Development

2008-2010  “Visions of Empowerment: A Du Bois Classroom on Art & Freedom,” Co-PI with James Smethurst, $17,500, for event series and Black Power/Black Arts conference in 2010.

2008  Reading New England: Using Digital Resources to Explore Landmark Texts. Co-PI with Susan Gallagher, Department of Political Science, UMass Lowell. $46,980. President’s Creative Economy Fund. $5,000 for Digital Edition of The Souls of Black Folk.

2004-2005  A Real & Virtual Knowledge Project: Analyzing American Studies in the Big XII Conference. $2,003 from OSU-Big XII Faculty Fellowship Program Grant. Declined. 

2002  Women & Others. $2,000. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Co-PI with Rhoda Johnson.

2001-2003   Safe House Historic Museum. $41, 990 from the Michael Figures Initiative-University of Alabama Black Belt Studies Research Institute. Project Director.

2001 Folks & Arts in the Black Belt. $10,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. ASCA Grant # FY2002-0760. Project Director.

2001  Hale County Civil Rights Museum Development. $5,000 from the West Alabama Planning & Development Council. Project Director.

1999-2000  Coalition of Alabamians Reforming Education Replacing Inequity in Schools with Excellence in Hale County “Alert” Schools. $150,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Co-Investigator with Rhoda Johnson.

1999  Community Arts 2000: A Vision from the Black Belt. $10,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. ASCA Grant # FY99-0744. Project Director.

1999  An Institute on Culturally Responsive Teaching Practice (one of five set up across the U.S.). $10,000 mini-grant from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and MetLife. Co‑Principal Investigator with Jerry Rosiek.

1997  Redefining Place. A $1,000 grant from the Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education. Project Co‑Director with Robert Heath of Stillman College.

1995  Building the New Texas/Understanding Other Nations. Texas Committee for the Humanities Major Grant. TCH Grant # FY95-2334. Project Co-Director.

1993-1994  Faculty Development Grants. University of Houston African American Studies Program, Summer 1994 (General Education designation for the Introduction course), Spring 1993 (Syllabus for “Inside Invisible Houston” course)

1992  Texas Higher Education Desegregation Study. University of Houston Institute for African American Policy Research.

Conference Organizing and Presentations to Scholarly Meetings

Participant, “Are You On Fire?: A Hands-On Workshop for Preparing Submissions to Fire!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies,” and Presenter, “New Digitizing Projects for Black History and Scholarship,” Association for the Study of African-American Life & History 97th annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Plenary presenter, “Africana Studies in the Americas from Estudios Afrocubanos to Estudios Afrodiasporicos,” The International Colloquium of the 32nd Annual Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba.

Invited Guest Speaker, “Education for Life: The Du Bois Doctorate of African American Studies and Its First Forty Years of Unity and Struggle,” at Northwestern University’s A Beautiful Struggle: Transformative Black Studies in Shifting Political Landscapes–A Summit of Doctoral Programs in Evanston, IL. Part of news stories on the conference in Diverse Issues in Higher Education (July 5, 2012), The Daily Northwestern (April 13, 2012), and The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 12, 2012).

Invited Panelist, “‘Bodies Acting Together’: Collaborating and Colliding in the Academy,” UMass English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces, at UMass Amherst.

Presenter, “Developments in the Digital Humanities, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the History of Afro-Latin American Studies,” at The 3rd Annual Negritud Conference at the Center of Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico & the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Attended board meetings of the NCBS and chaired two panel sessions at its annual meeting, in Atlanta, GA.

Presenter, “Melvin Tolson: Radical as Educator,” March 2, at the Texas State Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, Houston, TX. Paper read in my absence.

Internationalization trip to Colombia with Prof. Agustin Lao-Montes. Made presentations on Afro-American Studies at universities and community-based cultural centers in Bogotá, Buenaventura, and Cali.

Presenter, “Du Bois and the Strengthening of Trans-Atlantic Connections: Digital Discoveries in the Afro-German Experience,”—The Black German Cultural Society’s 1st Annual Convention at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC.

Invited Guest Speaker, “African American Studies: Perceptions, Realities, Possibilities,” African American Studies 40th Anniversary Program, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

Organizer/presenter, at the National Council for Black Studies 34th annual meeting, New Orleans, LA: Discussant, “Black Studies in the Americas beyond the U.S.: A Roundtable on Epistemological and Political Challenges;” Presenter, “Black Power in Newsprint: Radical and Mainstream;” in Emerging Research on the Black Press and Black Power session.

Organizer/presenter, at the National Council for Black Studies 33rd annual meeting, Atlanta, GA. Chair, created Session, “Look Back and Wonder: The Genesis of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst;” Chair, created Session: “Transdisciplinary Directions in Africana Studies: A Multi-departmental Cluster Hire and Mutual Mentoring Program in Year One;” and Presenter, “No Deed but Memory: Using Library e-Repositories to Promote and Disseminate Black/Africana Studies Knowledge,” in Digital Tools in Black Studies Research session.

Invited lecture: “The Color Complex,” at the Smith College Black Students Alliance Aesthetics of Blackness conference, Northampton, MA.

Invited lecture: “Making African American History: From W. E. B. Du Bois to Barack Obama,” at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO.

Organizer/presenter/chair, at the 93rd Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Sheraton Birmingham, AL: Chair, “Black Student Activism and Efficacy: Past and Present” session; Chair, created Session, “African American Life and History in Museums, Archives, and Historic Places in Alabama;” Chair, created Session, “Look Back and Wonder: The Genesis of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst;” and Presenter, “The Promise and Pitfalls of e-Publishing for Afro American Studies” in No Deed but Memory: Using Library e-Repositories to Promote & Disseminate Knowledge of African American Life session.

Invited lecture: “The Miseducation of the New Negro,” in the session on The Black Press. at The University of Connecticut’s Institute for African American Studies conference on “The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts & Letters,” Storrs, CT.

Invited lecture: “African Americans and Higher Education: Prelude to the New Negro Renaissance,” Africana Studies Department, Wellesley College.

Presenter & Session Organizer: “The State of African American Public History” & “The African American Press,” Association for the Study of African American Life & History

92nd Annual Meeting, Hilton University Place Charlotte, NC.

Plenary moderator: “Little Rock Crisis: A 50-year Perspective” Conference on the High School Desegregation Crisis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Invited lecture: “Transformations of American Democracy” session, at The Jamestown 400th Federal Commission’s Foundations and Future of Democracy-International Conference Series, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Session Chair, National Council on Black Studies meeting, San Diego, California.

Panelist, “The History of African American Women in Texas: State of the Field,” Texas State Historical Association meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Presenter, “African American East Texans from Juneteenth to Rita: Navigating between Clio & Mnemosyne,” East Texas Historical Association meeting, Beaumont, TX.

Presenter & Session Co-organizer, “In Katrina’s Wake: African American Narratives of Destruction & Reconstruction,” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. meeting, Baton Rouge, LA.

Presenter, “Frederick Douglass,” The Teaching of History Conference, Department of History & The College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Presenter, “The history, structure, & influence of the black struggle for reparations,” Mid-America Conference on History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK.

Panelist, “Critics Meet Author: James W. Loewen’s Sundown Towns.” The Society for the Study of Social Problems 56th Annual Meeting, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Presenter, “When the public in Greensboro, Alabama, determines its own interests: Lessons from a collaboration between social justice academics and grassroots community-based projects in the Southern Black Belt,” a special session of the American Educational Research Association annual conference and The Edge of Each Other’s Battles Project, San Francisco, CA.

Presenter, “Reparations across the Americas,” 8th Annual IAAR/International Scholars Conference of the Institute for African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Co-organizer, Symposium on Literature, Race, and Ethnicity: “Women & Others: Racial and Gender Difference in Anglo-American Literature and Culture.”

Presenter, Hernandez v. Texas Symposium, Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX.

Presenter, “Race & Education in Difficult Times: Panel Discussion on New Books,” History of Education Society conference, Kansas City, MO.

Program Committee Member, 2004 Southern Regional Conference: Practicing American History in the South of the Organization of American Historians. Presenter, “State of the Field: African American History;” Session Chair, “Civil Rights Era & Beyond,” Atlanta, GA.

Session Chair, “African American English,” Language Variety in the South III with the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics LXX, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Presenter, “Brown and the Meaning of History: Scholarly Activism for Justice and Advocacy for Change in Critical Perspective,” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Presenter, “Narratives of Racial Justice” SIG Featured Presentation, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Keynote Address, “Civil Rights, Affirmative Action, & Reparations in the Biography of a Struggling Race.” Brian Bertoti History Conference, Virginia Tech.

“The American Democratic Tradition & the Quest for Access & Equity in Higher Education: The Browns & Blues of Social Change.” Cornell Law Review Symposium Revisiting Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years of Legal & Social Debate, Ithaca, NY.

Presenter, “Racial Terror & Attempts to Stop the Desegregation of Lamar State College of Technology.” Beaumont History Conference, Beaumont, TX.

Convener, “African Studies and Technology Plenary” with Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Tracey Weis, and Abdul Alkalimat. Association for the Study of African-American Life & History 88th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Before Affirmative Action: Double Taxation and the Campaign for Out-of-State College Tuition Assistance in Texas.” Association for the Study of African-American Life & History 88th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Presenter, “The Black Challenge to Jim Crow Education in Texas.” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, El Paso, Texas.

Panelist, “The African American/American Studies Relationship in Global Context Making Peace, or Just Another Low-Intensity Operation?” Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Participating Scholar, “Double Takes on Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama–The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution” with author Diane McWhorter. Fifth Annual Alabama Writers Symposium, Montevallo, AL.

“When Power Concedes Nothing: The Texas University Movement.” African American History in Texas Conference: On the Civil Rights Movement in the Lone Star State, The Dallas African American Museum, Dallas, TX.

Session Chair, “Coming of Age: Margaret Meade’s Philosophy & Philanthropy.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Discussant, “Recording the Culture of a Black Community.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., San Antonio, TX.

Presenter, “Loving a Hated Aesthetic: The Walter Evans Collection of African American Art.” The Gibbes Museum of Art & College of Charleston Symposium on African American Arts: Preserving a Cultural Legacy, Charleston, SC.

Presenter, “The Black Pacific: Chronotopias Lost and Found.” Japan Black Studies Association, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

Presenter, “G. I. Forum v. Texas Education Agency: A Reflection.” National Council of Teachers of English National Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Presenter, “Shooting All Sheriffs: The Reggae Aesthetic & Class Struggle.” Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference, Atlanta, GA.

“Facing the Facts of Miseducation: The Afrocentric Tradition.” The Inter-Diaspora Conference on Education of the African Child for the New Millennium, Bamako, Mali.

Presenter, “Adolescents in Low-Income Neighborhoods in Mobile & Prichard, Alabama: Cultural Criticism & the Study of the Post-Industrial U.S.” The Lonnie E. Mitchell National Substance Abuse Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Commentator, “Women in Politics: Evolving Issues and Research Directions.” Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, TX.

Presenter, The Black Belt South, Black Atlantic, & African World: Needs & Prospects for Research & Stretching & Locking Arms in Cultural Solidarity.” University of Alabama-Birmingham 1st African American Studies Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Discussant, “Roundtable on Activism in the Black Community.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., Houston, TX.

Commentator, “Jim Crow and Civil Rights.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., Houston, TX.

Presenter, “An Ideological Shootout in Texas: Separate Equality vs. Racial Integration, 1940‑1950.” Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, AL.

Commentator, “The Cradle Rocks: The Civil Rights Movement in Sixties Alabama.” Southern American Studies Association, Birmingham, AL.

Presenter, “Plowing Around Desegregation to Get on with Maintaining White Supremacy: Texas Universities and the Evasion of Equity after Brown.” East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, TX.

Presenter, “Black Panther Kuwasi Balogun’s Journey to Anarchism and Guerrilla Warfare: An Exploration of International Influences to the U.S. from Spain & Cuba.” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, Havana, Cuba.

Presenter, “Globalizing the Struggle: Towards an Understanding of African-American Social Movement Organizations & International Linkages” (with C. Davenport). National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Chicago, IL.

Commentator, “Creating New Paradigms in the Black Experience.” Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Charleston, SC.

Presenter, “College Desegregation in South Texas: ‘We Never Had Any Problems.’” Southwestern Social Science Association, Houston, TX.

Presenter, “Inclusivity & Exclusivity in Public Representation: A Colored View of the Museum of Fine Arts.” South Central Modern Language Association, Houston, TX.

Presenter, “The Texas Campaign for Nonracial School Access: The Road to Brown.” Southwestern Social Science Association, Dallas, TX.

Presenter, “Negro Higher Education in Texas from Promise to Problem.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA.

Presenter and Panel Coordinator, “The How’s and Why’s of Going to Graduate School.” Great Plains Honors Council, College Station, TX.

“Islam Matters: Social Crisis and Religious Change in the U.S.” and “The Black Muslims: Cultural Persistence in the Belly of the Beast.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 1994 Spring Symposium, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

Presenter, “The Integration of Texas Higher Education.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., Dallas, TX.

Presenter, “The Desegregation of Higher Education in Texas.” Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Baltimore, MD.

“Honors Cooperation.” National Collegiate Honors Council, St. Louis, MO.

“Advanced Freshmen Honors Education.” National Association of African American Honors Program, Savannah, GA.

Presenter, “One for the Crows, One for the Crackers: The Strange Career of Higher Education in Houston.” Texas State Historical Association, Houston, TX.

Presenter, “Desegregation of East Texas Universities: Jim Crow’s Fatal Hour.” East Texas Historical Association, Huntsville, TX.

Presenter, “During the Sixties Were Black Texans Apathetic?” African American History in Texas Conference of the Dallas Museum of African-American Life and Culture, Dallas, TX.

Presenter, “Watching God in Beaumont, Texas: Seeing Blacks as Historical Actors.” Beaumont History Conference; Beaumont, TX.

Presenter, “The NAACP in Southeast Texas.” African American History in Texas Conference of the Dallas Museum of African-American Life and Culture, Dallas, TX.

Presenter, “Black Business Activity in Southeast Texas, 1865-1945,” East Texas Historical Association, Beaumont, TX.

Presenter, “The NAACP in Southeast Texas: The Radical Years, 1918-1954.” Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, TX.

Public Presentations

Moderator, “Racism Here & Now: Stillwater Voices Speak Out” panel, Progressive Interfaith Coalition & OSU Sociology Graduate Students; Stillwater, OK.

“Black Professionals in U.S. History: The Case of Carter Wesley—Race Man or Uncle Tom,” OSU Phi Alpha Theta Colloquium Series; Stillwater, OK.

Invited guest lecturer, “My Journey in American Studies and Yours.” American Studies Student Organization at OSU Tulsa; Tulsa, OK.

Public lectures and book signings on the pre-release of Advancing Democracy at Odom Academy and Nu World of Books, Beaumont, TX.

Introduced/organized the visit of Christian Davenport of the University of Maryland to the University of Alabama as the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecturer & John Henrik Clark Visiting Scholar, Tuscaloosa, AL. See MLK Lecture Series.

Masters of Ceremony, 3rd anniversary celebration of the Safehouse Museum.

Co-organized the West Tuscaloosa Cluster Schools Parent Partnership Initiative Education Conference featuring noted author Jawanza Kunjufu, Shelton State Community of College Fredd Campus, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,” Voter Empowerment Forum, Stillman College Epsilon Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Study!” Address to the Tuscaloosa County Hillcrest Middle School African American Culture Club Induction Ceremony, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of the 2003 John Henrik Clark Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Bakari Kitwana, Hip Hop Summit Keynote Address, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Lessons and Comparisons of Landmark Legal Cases of Racial and Sexual Others in the U.S.” The University of Alabama Queer-Straight Alliance, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“The Meaning of Juneteenth.” Safehouse Historic Museum’s Freedom Festival, Greensboro, AL.

Introduction of Religion in Culture Lecturer Eddie Glaude of Princeton University, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Kwanzaa: Past, Present & Future.” Kiwanis International of Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Cuban Culture—Insights.” Address to the University of Alabama’s International Advisory Board Meeting, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of John Henrik Clarke Distinguished Lecturer Kwame Dawes, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Human Rights for All or No Rights at All.” Keynote address to the 2001 Conference of the University of Alabama Model United Nations, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of African American Studies Teach-In on the World Conference on Racism, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance (Durban, South Africa), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Keynote Speaker at “Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration.” The Metropolitan Optimist Club and The Girls and Boys Support Group of Central High School, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Rev. James Lawson. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer and Performing Artist Series, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Career Awareness Day Motivational Keynote Speaker.” Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Remarks to the 2000 Spring Initiation Ceremony.” Alpha Lambda Delta National Scholastic Honor Society at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Moderator. Black Scholar’s Day at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Guest Speaker at “The Love Amongst Our People Forum.” Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Michael Eric Dyson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer & Performing Artist Series, University of Alabama & Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Address to the March Back to the Schoolhouse Door. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Dr. Richard Bailey. African American Studies Program Black Heritage Month Author’s Talk, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Joan Browning. Distinguished American and African American Studies guest lecturer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer and Performing Artist Series, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Dr. Will Coleman. Religious Studies and African American Studies guest lecturer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Ossie Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer & Performing Artist, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Panelist on “Experience, Ethnicity, and the Diaspora” for Blount Undergraduate Initiative Convocation University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“To Test or not to Test? Help & Harm in the Practice of Standardized Testing.” Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of James Anderson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“African American Student Activism in Historical Perspective.” The National Pan-Hellenic Council of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Introduction of Dr. James Salem, American Studies and African American Studies Program author’s book talk, Murphy African American Museum, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“The Global Implications of The Prison Industrial Complex.” The 180 Student Movement for Democracy in Education, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Cultural Diversity at UA Today.” The University of Alabama Office of Residential Life, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Black History Month Keynote Lecture. The Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“The House of Civil Rights in the U.S. & the NAACP.” University of Alabama Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Affirmative Action Town Hall Meeting: Reparations vs. Reverse Discrimination” panelist, University of Alabama Black Law Students Association, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Keynote address, “African Americans in Business: The Path towards Empowerment,” Parkview Alternative Learning Center Black History Month 1998, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Remembering Our Past, Building Bridges to the Future: The Role and Direction of African American Studies.” University of Alabama Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Black History Program, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“International Dimensions of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Stafford Global Studies Center Address to Fourth Grade Classes, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Program Moderator and Organizer, “Great Conversations: The Era of Slavery.” Stillman College & University of Alabama African American Studies, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Black Love: Where is it and Where is it headed?” University of Alabama 21st Century Leadership Alliance Discussion Panelist, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“The NAACP and American Higher Education.” University of Alabama Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Tuscaloosa, AL.

“American Higher Education: Retrospect and Prospect.” Benjamin Banneker Honors College Banquet and Pinning Ceremony Keynote Address, Prairie View, TX;

“We Ain’t All Multiculturalists Now.” University of Houston Council of Ethnic Organizations Awards Banquet Keynote Address, Houston, TX.

“From Myth to History or How I Found Out Why Black Folks Were Never on The Wild, Wild, West.” Latina Coalition and MEChA, Houston, TX.

“From Charles Rhinehart to Marguerite Ross Barnett: Struggling for Access & Equity at the University of Houston.” Society of History Students @ UH, Houston, TX.

“The Civil Rights Movement Texas-Style.” Prairie View A&M University History Department and Banneker Honors College, Prairie View, TX.

“From Plessy to Hopwood: A Hundred Years of White Supremacy and Unleveled Playing Fields in Texas Higher Education.” Prairie View A&M University, TX.

“They Carry It On Straight Ahead: The Hidden Legacy of Black Political Prisoners in the U.S.” African American Studies Minors Association, University of Houston, TX.

“The Meaning of History.” Pan-Afrikan People for Progressive Action and Council of Ethnic Organizations, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“‘Does this Colored Man Want Social Equality with Whites?’ University Desegregation in Texas Before Brown.” Nia Becnel Seminar, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“From the Nile Valley and Aztec Civilizations to the Present: African and Mexican Intellectual and Creative Traditions.” Bernard Harris Science Camp, Houston, TX.

“Blacks and the U.S. Criminal Justice System.” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“The Origin of Black History Month.” Jack Yates High School, Houston, TX.

“Malcolm X: U-N-I-T-Y.” Black Student Union Black History Month Symposium, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“Malcolm X Panel Discussion.” University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX.

“Malcolm X-International Hero.” Black Student Union, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Black History Month Program, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

Biographical Note

Dr. Amilcar Shabazz is professor and former chair of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was born in Beaumont, Texas, and after he graduated from Monsignor Kelly High School he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin, his masters from Lamar University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston, both in history. He was an associate professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program at Oklahoma State University, as well as the founding director of the Center for Africana Studies & Development. Prior to that he served as the first director of the African American Studies Program at The University of Alabama while also a tenured professor of American Studies.

His book Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), received numerous honors including the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award and being ranked a top ten nonfiction book by Essence Magazine.  Shabazz has also published The Forty Acres Documents, a sourcebook on reparations, along with journal articles, book chapters, reviews and writings in publications as diverse as The Source Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics. His newest book co-edited with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda E. Johnson, is Women & Others: Perspective on Race, Gender, and Empire (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2007). An international scholar, he was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has done work in Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, Mali, France, Nicaragua, and Jamaica. In recognition of his work as a teacher, in 2001, The University of Alabama National Alumni Association awarded him its coveted Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. He presently completing an historical biography of an African American newspaper publisher and human rights activist entitled Carter Wesley: Master of the Blast.

Educational development and historic preservation are major parts of his professional and volunteer service work. He has served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Alabamians Reforming Education and, in 2004, was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission. He was also the District 7 Representative on the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission and served on the Alabama state review panel for the National Register of Historic Places. He counts as one of his proudest accomplishments his work with the Safe House Historic Museum in Greensboro, of which he is the founding executive director.

For a biographical essay, see “Amilcar Shabazz: The Heart of the African-American Experience,” Cardinal Cadence March-May 2004 (vol. 322), pp. 36-38. Available online as a PDF file at:

Teaching Experience

My teaching philosophy, an ever-evolving work in progress, is a product of my teaching life in higher education that began in 1985 at Pratt Institute in New York City. In my role as Project Coordinator for the Pratt Institute Chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group it was my privilege to develop student leaders and to teach them the skills needed to work on issues ranging from higher education funding to environmental protection, from social justice to consumer rights. In the process of helping them transform their reality I had an epiphany that led me to transform mine as I decided to become a university teacher. Besides teaching at universities where I work as a professor, I often give lectures at other schools and community events. The section entitled “Selected Public Work and Invited Lectures since 1991,” at the end of this Vita lists some of the many places where I have shared my expertise. Also, see the links below for my approach to the craft of teaching (one is a Word document and the other is a media file):

   “Language Matters: Teaching New Worlds/New Words/New Ways”—requires Quicktime

Undergraduate Teaching














International & Overseas Education




Summer 2004

2000 & 2002







Introduction to American Studies                         Introduction to African Studies

Theory & Methods of Cultural Analysis      Senior Seminar in American Studies
Business in American Culture & Society     Local Cultural Studies

Introduction to African American Studies             The African American Experience

Education of Blacks in the South                          The Black Church in America

Black Masculinity & the American Dream   Drugs in American Culture

Bob Marley 101: Introduction to Reggae Studies

Introduction to American Culture: Arts & Values

Directed undergraduate research

Thomas E. Rodgers, senior thesis, History: “Marengo County & Jim Crow”

McNair Scholar Abi Smith, “Tuscaloosa Lynching,” (Co-mentor with James Hall)

Linda Robbins, senior honors thesis, History: “Robert Moton & the CIC”


American History to 1877 & Since 1877 (Honors)
Ethnic Minorities in U.S. History

The Struggle for Equality in the U.S.

Historical Research Methods and Theory

Inside Invisible Houston [Texas]


Web-CT-based joint course on global cultures and cultural fluency project between the University of Alabama and the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, UAE; Faculdades COC Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. The project featured streaming video of classroom instruction and interactive interviews via live chat. It was an outgrowth of a U.S. State Department Bureau of Public Diplomacy initiative.

Alabama in Ghana Program

Alabama in Jamaica Program (three week interim session course)
Directed undergraduate research

Pre-senior year projects with University of Wales-Aberystwyth exchange students:
Clare Traynor
Stuart Chorlton

Bruce Paynter

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Summer 2003

Spring 2005

Fall 2002

Spring 2001

Spring 1998



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University of Texas at El Paso


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New York University



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University of Houston


Education before & after Brown (Also offered in 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997)

The Black Church in America (Also offered in 2000, and Fall 1998)

The African American Experience (Also offered in 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998)

Postmodern America, An American Studies Period Seminar

The Other in the American Experience: A Topics Seminar

The 1960s, An American Studies Period Seminar


Ph.D. dissertations examined

Alina Tamar Gross, Regional Planning, “Developing A Framework for Public Participation.”   Successfully defended on August 1, 2013. Elizabeth Brabec, Chair.


Kabria Baumgartner, Afro-American Studies, “Intellect, Liberty, Life: Women’s Activism and the Politics of Black Education in Antebellum America.” Successfully defended on August 5, 2011. Manisha Sinha, Chair.


Thomas Edge, Afro-American Studies, “‘The Social Responsibility of the Administrator’: Mordecai W. Johnson and the Dilemma of Black Leadership, 1890-1976.” Successfully defended on April 11, 2008. John Bracey, Chair.


Other graduate committee service: Chair of Doctoral Committee, Rosa Clemente and Anthony Phillips, Afro-American Studies; Member of Doctoral Committee, Leta Hooper, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies; Member of Doctoral Committee, Lianne Suarez-Werlein, Education; and Member of Doctoral Committee, Jillian Alejandria Marty, Communication.


Will Guzmán, History, “Border Physician: The Life of Lawrence A. Nixon.” Successfully defended on Sept. 29, 2010. Maceo Dailey, Chair.


Daryl Harris, Interdisciplinary Studies; “Mardi Gras Indian Costumes as Transcultural Communal Icon.” Co-director.


Paul Mahaffey, English; “‘Dark-Eyed Coras’: Redefining Bi-Racial Women in the 19th and 20th Century American Novel.” Outside reader.


Melissa McElroy Smith, Mass Communication; “States’ Rights, Intellectual Snobs, and Religious Redemption: Three Decades of George C. Wallace and the Media.”


Yvette Stuart, Mass Media Policy & Law; “The Road from Monopoly to Duopoly: A History of the Broadcast Laws and Policies of the Bahamas, 1930-1995.”


Brian O’Loughlin, Mass Media Policy and Law; “The government as ‘meaning manager’: The role of social construction in broadcast indecency regulation.”


Veronica Lee Womack, Political Science; “African-American congressional representatives: Disadvantaged journeymen or equivalent path takers.”


J. Catherine Johnson Randall, History; “A kudzuing of colleges: The proliferation and balkanization of higher education in Alabama.”


M.A. and M.F.A. theses examined

Adrinda Kelly, History & Africana Studies; “The Cape Town Slave Rebellion of 1808 and the Limits of Historicity.” (In progress) Outside reader.

Harry Thomas, M.F.A. Creative Writing; “Bonecrusher: Short stories.”


LaTasha Smith, M.A. Telecommunication & Film; “Denzel Washington and Representing the Black Man.”


Rondee Jeanette Gaines, Telecommunication and Film; “Race, Power, and Representation: Broadcast News Portrayal of the Republic of New Africa.”


Alicia Holmes, M.F.A. Creative Writing; “Rolls down like waters.”


Enslen E. Lamberth, Communication Studies; “The color of tradition: Rhetoric & ideology of newspaper coverage of the University of Alabama’s segregated Greek system, 2000-2001.”


Carol McDavid, Anthropology; “The Levi Jordan Plantation: From Archaeological Interpretation to Public Interpretation.”

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Professional Affiliations

“Mapping the 3rd Ward in Houston: Story Work in the Face of Redevelopment.” In 2006, I began collaborating with Carroll Parrott Blue’s The Dawn Project, the University of Houston’s College of Education, and the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) of Berkeley, California. The project is creating a StoryMap for the Third Ward of Houston, Texas, akin to a prototype CDS helped create ( The map locates multimedia stories in the form of short memoirs that combine creative writing, the family album, digital audio and video editing on an online map. It integrates Digital Storytelling with an emergent tool set of digital mapping technologies now available to the public: geo-tagged images on Flickr, story-based GoogleMaps, Windows Live virtual tours, and walking tours via local cell phone, Bluetooth, and other imbedded wireless stories. From the December 9-12, 2006, workshop, my StoryMap-in-progress, “Luddington’s Café,” is online at


Jackson v. McDonald: The Story of Versie Lee Jackson & the Integration of Lamar University” (2007), The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Video—The African American in Texas: Past & Present by UTOPIA, a collaboration of the University of Texas Libraries. The UTOPIA team is composed of content librarians, graphic designers, Web site builders, writers, programmers, information architects, videographers and more—all working together to break down the physical boundaries between the University and the world. I was a volunteer historical consultant to and talking head in this 20-minute documentary. A QuickTime draft is online at


Created and co-facilitated with Tera Hunter: “Oppositional Culture and Class Struggle” University of Houston Black History Workshop, March 20-22, 2003; Houston, TX.


“Can We Learn African American Studies Better in Cyberspace?” A Visible Knowledge Project [click virtual poster or visit], summer 2002.


Presentations to the University of Alabama Superintendents Academy: Tuscaloosa, AL; August 2004 and Birmingham, AL; March 13, 2003.


University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s Center of Minority Research in Special Education (COMRISE, with Stan Trent, James M. Kauffman and Daniel P. Hallahan); 1999-2001.


The Least of My Brothers A documentary by Matthew Kordelski (1999). Historian.


Alabama State University and the Institute of Language and Culture project entitled Theatre Arts Program Audience Talk-Back Series for Streamers, The Wiz, and For Colored Girls funded by the Alabama Humanities Commission, Montgomery; January-May 1998.


The Wye Faculty Seminar, 2001. “Citizenship & the American Polity.” The Aspen Institute.


Summer 1998 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow-in-residence at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, “Jazz Culture & Class Struggle.” University of Texas, Austin.


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, 1991. “Slavery and Freedom in the South,” Michael Johnson, Seminar Director. University of California, Irvine.


Steve Orel v. Birmingham City School District, et al.: Deposition on plaintiff’s research on high stakes testing and “push-outs”; 2001, in Birmingham, AL.


G. I. Forum v. Texas Education Agency (U.S. District Court, Civil Action No. SA-97-CA-1278EP): Deposition on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test and Plaintiff’s rebuttal expert witness at trial on 29 September 1999, in San Antonio, TX.


HB 3418, authored by Rep. Irma Rangel: Testimony before the Texas State Legislature’s House Committee on Higher Education on the consideration of race, ethnicity, or national origin in actions and decisions of public institutions of higher education; April 8, 1997, Austin, TX.


Listed in Who’s Who in America, 58th edition (Marquis, 2004) and in the Directory of American Scholars, 10th edition (Gale Group, 2001).


“What Ron Said,” a documentary examining racism in Britain via Ron Atkinson’s learning about race issues from a range of people from Darcus Howe to me and my University of Alabama students. “Big Ron” was forced to resign as an ITV football pundit in April 2004, after he called footballer Marcel Desailly a “fucking lazy thick nigger” in what he thought were off-air remarks. Independent producer Petal Felix working for the Welsh indy Aspect Television made the program. It aired on BBC1, 13 December 2004.


NBC Nightly News, “Love, marriage and Alabama law.” NBC’s Kenley Jones reports on the upcoming vote on interracial marriage. Aired September 24, 2000.


In “Alabama Experience,” A PBS documentary series, speaking on the history of African American education and Rosenwald schools in Alabama, 1999.


Alabama State University Theater Department Audience Talk-back Series speaker, Spring 1998 season (Streamers, The Wiz, and For Colored Girls)


Host/guest on WUAL, Alabama Public Radio; WATV, Birmingham; WLIB, WBAI, New York; KLBJ, KAZI, Austin; KCOH, KMJZ, KYOK, KPFT, KUHF, Houston; KFDM, KJAC; Beaumont. Co-executive producer, “Liberation!” weekly cable TV series, 1986-96


Consulted and interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers including The Economist (UK) and Daily Yomiuri (Japan).


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Black Studies and The Black Scholar

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

Editorial Advisory Board member, Encyclopedia of Alabama and Collegiate Press

Referee for McGraw-Hill, Heinemann, Texas A&M U. P., Texas Tech U. P., University of Texas Press, SUNY Press, UNC Press, Univ. of North Texas Press, Journal of American History, History of Education Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, Journal of African American History, Social Identities, Sexuality & Culture, African Identities, and Behavioral Disorders.


External Reviewer, “Academic Program Review of The University Of Nebraska at Omaha’s Black Studies Department;” Omaha, Nebraska, March 25-27, 2007.

National Council on Black Studies (Exec. Board & Life member)

American Studies Association

Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc.

Association for the Study of African American Life & History (Exec. Board & Life member)

Organization of American Historians (Membership & 2004 Regional Program Committee)

Southern History Association (Committee on Minority Participation)

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Co-Chair of the Joint Task Force on Strategic Oversight

Chair, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

Member, W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Group

Member, General Education Task Force

Executive Committee Member, 5 College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas
Steering & Academic Advisory Committee Member, Center for Heritage and Society

Oklahoma State University

American Studies Program, Director

Center for Africana Studies & Development, Founding Director

Faculty Research Excellence Series Organizing Committee (Tulsa campus), Founding Member

Department of History Curriculum Committee

Department of History Mid-America Conference on History Planning Committee

Department of History Technology Committee

Department of History African American/African Diaspora Search Committee

University Faculty Council College of Arts & Sciences representative

• Served on the Faculty Council’s Faculty Committee, Student Affairs & Learning Resources Committee, Special Committee on African Americans, 2005-2006

• Served on the Faculty Council’s Academic Standards and Policies Committee, 2006-2007

Member, Black Faculty Staff Association


University of Alabama

Director, African American Studies Program

Founder, Black Belt Studies Research Institute/Safehouse Historic Museum

American Studies Department Executive Committees and 3 Search Committees

College of Arts & Sciences Diversity & International Education Committee

Office of the President Realizing the Dream Committee (1998-2005)

Founder/chair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series (1999-2005)

Director, Audiovisual Documentary/Oral History Project for The University of Alabama 40th Anniversary Opening Doors Program (June 9-11, 2003)

40th Anniversary Opening Doors Planning Committee (2003)

Senator for Arts & Sciences, University of Alabama Faculty Senate (2005)

Black Faculty Staff Association: President, 2004-2005; Secretary, 1999-2002

Office of Community Service and Volunteerism Advisory Board (2001-2002)

Undergraduate Studies Project Team (2000-2001); Human Relations Council (2005)

Faculty Advisor: 180 Student Movement for Democracy in Education (1999-2000) African American Graduate Students Association (1998-1999)

Japan Program Interview Committee for Chiba Student Candidates (1999)


University of Houston

African American Studies (AAS) Program faculty committee; AAS Program Book Club organizer; Provost Search Committee; faculty advisor to the University of Houston Under/graduate Research Union, Weusi Kwa Elimu (Blacks in Education), the African American Communications Team; College Grievance Committee

University of Houston-Downtown

Ethnic Studies Program Planning Task Force; Black History Month Committee


Prairie View A&M University

Director, University Scholars Program

Co-coordinator for Banneker Honors College, Great Plains Honors Council 1994 Conference

n Community Service
Tulsa, OK


Tuscaloosa, AL


State of Alabama


State of Alabama


Greensboro, AL


Selma, AL




Tuscaloosa, AL


Tuscaloosa, AL


City of Houston


Houston, Texas


Houston, Texas




Houston, Texas

Church of the Resurrection: A Catholic Community Service & Outreach


Member, Challenge 21, Board of Directors


Member, National Register of Historic Places Review Board


District 7, Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission


Board Member & Research Director, Safe House Historic Museum


Inaugural Commissioner, The Slavery and Civil War Museum


Board Chair, Coalition of Alabamians Reforming Education


Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church Community Outreach Ministry


Advisory Board Member, Against All Odds (Youth Organization)


Mayoral appointee, Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission


Co-Founder & Advisory Board Member, Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc.

Founder/President, National Association for African American Heritage Preservation


Life Member, Texas African American Heritage Organization


Member, Allen Parkway Village (Public Housing) Advisory Board

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February 1, 1991

“From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas,” Black History Program, Alabama School of Mathematics & Science; Mobile, AL.


“William A. Owens Looking for Home in Walking on Borrowed Land,” Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma reading & discussion program. Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, OK.


“Desegregating the Altar of Knowledge: African American Access & Equity in Denominational Universities in Texas,” Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX.


Panel discussion chair & presenter on Houston’s civil rights movement, “Black History Month Special Event: Broken Obelisk Rededication” The Rothko Chapel & The Menil Collection of Houston, TX. See


Invited guest lecturer, “Philosophy, Nation, Race & Age of Empire: A Critical Comment on Tommie Shelby’s We Who are Dark” Friends of the Forms, OSU Department of Philosophy; Stillwater, OK.


Keynote address, 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Desegregation of Texas Western College, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.


Presenter, “Also Sprach Rastafari: Locks, Livity, and Disidentification with Late Capitalist Interpellation,” University of Alabama Religious Studies department’s Religion in Culture Lecture Series; Tuscaloosa, AL.


Presenter, “On Brown v. Board of Eduacation,” University of Houston-Downtown Cultural Enrichment Center, Houston, TX. Organized by Professor Lorenzo Thomas.


“Educational Equality & the Heart of Texas’ Freedom Struggle: Juneteenth to LBJ.” Sam Houston State University History Department Annual Lecture, Huntsville, TX.


Black History Month lecture, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.


“Having Our Say: The NAACP’s Legacy in Advocacy, Education & Agitation” Conecuh County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, Evergreen, AL.


“From Dr. King to Sambo Mockbee: Lessons in the Struggle to Build Freedom & Dignity in the Alabama Black Belt.” Auburn University Rural Studio Colloquium, New Bern, AL.


“Law Written in Blood: Trying to Vote in Hale County in the 1960s.” Alabama Department of Archives and History ArchiTreats Program, Montgomery, AL.
“From Segregation to Hopwood: American Democracy through the Looking Glass of Texas Higher Education.” The James Taylor Lecture Series of the Southwest Texas State University Department of History, San Marcos, TX.
“Old Schools in a New Century: The African American Legacy.” The Alabama Historical Commission Annual Preservation Conference, Montgomery, AL.


“African Americans & the Struggle for Access & Equity in Higher Education.” Law and Economics Class (in English), Chiba University, Chiba, Japan.


“Testing Time: Accountability and the Standards Movement in the Coming Bush Age.” Coalition of Alabamians Rebuilding Education, Selma, AL.


“The Death Penalty is Dead Wrong.” Mosque #69 Prison Reform Ministry and the University of Alabama-Birmingham Black Student Union, Birmingham, AL.


Keynote Address. Eutaw High School Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Commemoration Assembly Program, Eutaw, Alabama.


“The Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education.” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Economics Department Minority Undergraduate Research Alliance Program; Chapel Hill, NC.


“Racism and Religion.” Stillman College’s Issues & Answers Forum, Tuscaloosa, AL.


“Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility.” The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Annual Kwanzaa Observance; Birmingham, AL.


“Juneteenth: Origins and Significance.” The Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Historical Commission’s History Symposium at the State Capitol; Austin, TX.


“Engaging Dr. Cornel West’s Restoring Hope/Conversations on the Future of Black America.” The President’s Colloquium Series and Stillman College Annual African American Heritage Book Review; Tuscaloosa, AL.


“Black Love Coming for Real in the 21st Century: Strategies for Moving Beyond O.J. and Oprah, Erykah and Tyrone.” National Society of Black Engineers 1998 Regional Conference Workshop Presentation, Tuscaloosa, AL.


“Talk Back Thoughts on David Rabe’s Streamers.” Alabama State University Theatre Audience Discussion; Montgomery, AL.


“Trying to Become White in Texas: The Struggle for Integration.” The Henry Cobb Lecture, Southern University History Department, Baton Rouge, LA.


“Religion, Spirituality, and the Black Family.” Counseling Workshop IntraCare Hospital; Houston, TX.


“Becoming and Staying Free in Houston, Texas: The Role of the Word.” Museum of Printing History; Houston, TX.


“The Pillars of Freedom: Constructing Community after Juneteenth.” University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures; San Antonio, TX.


“Reconstruction & Reparations in Black and White.” Bambara African Imports & the House of Songhay Commission for Positive Education; Baton Rouge, LA.


“Black Freedom Struggle in Kendleton from Juneteenth to Fight Against the White Democratic Primary,” Kendleton, TX.


“Racism and Higher Education.” Sam Houston State University’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Services; Huntsville, TX.


“The Impact of Schools on Black Community Building since Reconstruction.” Texas African American Heritage Organization Conference, Austin, TX.


“Manufactured Consent, Noam Chomsky, & the Media: A Comment.” Rothko Chapel & Rice University Media Center, Rice University; Houston, TX.


“The Integration of Texas Higher Education.” Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, Texas A&M University; College Station, TX.


“Education in Southeast Texas.” Tyrrell Historical Library; Beaumont, TX.


“African Cultural Perspectives and Family Interventions.” Association of Black Social Workers of Southeast Texas; Beaumont, TX.

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