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African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) Research Opportunities

Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs.

The AAEHC is a joint project of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the experiences of African American Episcopalians. Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information, visit contact

Posted on: 10/21/2014

ASALH Member Wins Best Scholarly/Academic Work at Comic Con

This summer, at the San Diego Comic-Con ceremony for the Eisners ("the Oscars of comics"), Ronald L. Jackson II together with Dr. Sheena C. Howard won the award. Because this time, a highly illuminating work about the history of black comics, and black comics creators, was able to take home the prize, for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.

"Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation" (Bloomsbury), edited by Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II, is an especially essential work because it not only holds a clear and illuminating mirror up to the faces we see on paper, but it also attaches faces and personal back-stories to black writers and artists - pioneers who are all too overlooked, who faced struggles all too forgotten.

Click here for more information and read Dr. Sheena's Q&A.

Posted on: 10/09/2014

Huggins-Quarles Award

Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession.

Application Procedures: To apply, the student should submit the following items

- Cover letter, which should also indicate the candidate's progress on the dissertation, including ABD status
- CV
- Abstract: a five-page dissertation proposal (double spaced), which should include a definition of the project, an explanation of the project's significance and contribution to the field, and a description of the most important primary sources
- A one-page itemized budget explaining travel and research plans

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014

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Posted on: 10/14/2014

Perfomer Jonathan Blanchard

Jonathan Blanchard's artistic tastes were first forged in grade school. However, by the time he entered East High School his artistic curiosity had led him to sing in various chorus, and to act in a number of theatre productions. While achieving the Bachelors of Science in Commercial Music and the Master of Science in Music Education Degrees from Tennessee State University, he learned to weave the various elements of his artistic nature into its magnetic style of delivery. His artistry transcends Jazz Bistro & Concert Hall venues, and his stage credits include roles as diverse as The Priest in "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God", Bernardo in "A Westside Story", Simeon and Potifer in "Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", Caesar in "Scipio", the Ex-Slave in "Do Lord Remember Me", and The Lion in "The Wiz", he's done voice-over work for local and national concerns, appeared on Memphis' WREG - Live At 9 program, and most recently been the featured singing artist on the PBS film "Underground Railroad - Quilt Code"; for Georgia Public Broadcast. Blanchard has also presented concerts, master classes, and demonstrations where his musical insights have captivated the imaginations of grade school, high school, and college students alike. In conjunction with Opera Memphis's Educational Outreach Program-Black Roots in Opera, Blanchard toured throughout Tennessee's major metropolitan areas to help celebrate the Life & Artistry of Paul Robeson. Come and enjoy.

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Posted on: 10/09/2014

Former U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek Named Visiting Fellow at Howard University Ronald W. Walters Center

Kendrick B. Meek WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) - The Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center recently announced Kendrick B. Meek, a former member of the U.S House of Representatives and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as the institute's visiting fellow for 2014-15 academic year. As a member of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Meek was instrumental in pioneering legislation creating new trade incentives for Haiti. He has been both a staunch supporter of the Haitian Diaspora and a leader on issues challenging the country.

As a visiting fellow, elected or appointed officials are chosen to share their expertise with the Walters Center and the greater campus community. Meek will facilitate lectures on topics that will include both foreign and domestic policy. He will also contribute to informational sessions geared toward students.

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Posted on: 09/08/2014

Registration Open: Smithsonian Institution's Career Center Conference (Dec 4 & 5)

Registration is now open for the Smithsonian's Career Center Conference. It will be held Thursday December 4 and Friday December 5 (half-day) at the Warner Bros Theater inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC (not to be confused with the Warner Theater on 13th St.)

This conference is designed to engage, educate and empower career center professionals, professors, deans, youth development professionals and anyone who gives career advice to students! However, it is not designed for the prospective applicant.

We will have presentations, panels, networking opportunities and other special treats for you this year! Topics like diversity and inclusion, formalized partnerships, former intern/fellow, current staff, amazing internship projects and independent research fellowships will be covered!

Posted on: 09/08/2014

"Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building a Legacy of Black History" by Janet Sims-Wood

When Dorothy Burnett joined the library staff at Howard University in 1928, she was given a mandate to administer a library of Negro life and history. The school purchased the Arthur B. Spingarn Collection in 1946, along with other collections, and Burnett, who would later become Dorothy Porter Wesley, helped create a world-class archive known as the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and cemented her place as an immensely important figure in the preservation of " "African American history. Wesley's zeal for unearth"ing" materials related to African American history earned her the name of "Shopping Bag Lady". Join author, historian and former Howard University librarian Janet Sims-Wood as she charts the award-winning and distinguished career of an iconic archivist

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Posted on: 09/05/2014

Digital Technology Survey: Tools, and methods in for professional communication, teaching, learning, and research of African American History

Scholar Pero Gaglo Dagbovie initiated a conversation about the Internet and history pedagogy in his essay "Strategies for Teaching African American History: Musings from the Past, Ruminations for the Future" (Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 75, No. 4, Fall 2006, pp. 635-648; posted at Dagbovie correctly affirmed that "Professors of African American history must acknowledge that their students rely on the Internet" and highlighted Alkalimat's seminal work The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Reference Guide to the Best Websites on Black Culture and History (2004).

Dagbovie's essay focused primarily on theoretical approaches to content as opposed to digital technologies and their impact on content access, presentation, delivery, and digital modes and means of the phases of historical production as outlined by the late Michel Rolfe-Trouillot in Silencing The Past: Power and The Production of History. The comprehensive report, after the survey, envisions to continue serve as an extension to Dagbovie's essay and others.

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Posted on: 08/15/2014

New book sounds national alarm on U.S. education crisis

La Vonne I. Neal, the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Education, and two of her close colleagues from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) are firing up their advocacy for answering catastrophic "systemic challenges" with "systemic solutions" that promote social justice and equity.

Neal, along with Christine E. Sleeter of California State University-Monterey Bay and Kevin K. Kumashiro of the University of San Francisco, are sounding a national alarm through the Aug. 14 publication of "Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers."

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Posted on: 08/07/2014