John E. Fleming
President, 2007-2009
John Fleming was the 25th
President of ASALH.  He is also
the Vice President Emeritus of
Museums for the Cincinnati
Museum Center.

2008 Created own consulting company,  JEF Associates, LLC

2009-Presnet  Interim Director of the International African American Museum, Charleston, SC

Beginning in January 2012, John Fleming will be Senior Consultant for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson, Ms
University of Kentucky – Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky

EDUCATION:
University of Malawi – Blantyre, Malawi, Africa

Howard University – M.A., Ph.D., Washington, D.C.

University of California-Berkeley – Museum Management Institute

Elected National President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 2007-2009

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio

Vice President of Museums (Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Science, Cinergy Children’
s Museum, Cincinnati Historical Society Library, and Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve), 4/01 to present

Department of History, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Adjunct Professor,

4/05 to 2007

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Director and COO, 10/98 to 12/00

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio,

Director, 4/88 to 10/98

Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio,

Afro-American Museum Project Director, 5/80 to 3/88

Institute for the Study of Educational Policy, Howard University, Washington, D.C.,

Senior Fellow, 8/74 to 4/80

United States Civil Rights Commission, Washington, D.C.,

Federal Evaluation Division Program Analyst, 1/71 to 9/72

Youth Pride, Inc., Department of Training and Education, Washington, D.C.,

Supervisor of Skills Development Division, 2/70 to 1/71

Peace Corps, Malawi, Africa,

Extension Aids Specialist and Administrator (volunteer), 8/67 to 10/69

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Community Service Division, Frankfort, Kentucky,

Community Service and Educational Specialist, 2/66 to 7/67

Department of History, Howard University, Washington, D.C.,

Assistant Professor of History, 8/74 to 5/78

Research Assistant

to the editors of the Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Dr. Rayford W. Logan, Senior Editor, Summer, 1973

PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS

A Summer Remembered: A Memoir. Yellow Springs, Ohio. Silver Maple Publishers. June, 2005.

The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1978. Co-
authored with Gerald Gill and David Swinton.

Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, A Report. Washington, D.C.: Institute for the Study of Educational Policy,
1978.

The Lengthening Shadow of Slavery: Historical Justification for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education.
Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1976.

ARTICLES

“Cincinnati’s Rich African-American History: A Historical Perspective,” in Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati. Who’s Who
Publishing Company, 2005.

“Emancipation, Introductory Text,” in Unchained Memories, Readings from the Slave Narrative.  Boston: Bulfinch Press,
2003.

“The Impact on the Education of African Americans of the Civil Rights Movement,” in The Encyclopedia of African American
Education. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996.

“African American Education During Slavery,” in The Encyclopedia of African American Education. Westport, Connecticut:
Greenwood Press, 1996.

“Missouri ex rel Gaines v. Canada,” Edna Diggs, co-author, in The Encyclopedia of African American Education. Westport,
Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996.

“The Niagara Movement,” Edna Diggs, co-author, in The Encyclopedia of African American Education. Westport,
Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996.

“African American Museums, History, and the American Ideal,” in The Journal of American History, Vol. 81, No. 3.
December 1994, pp. 1020-1026.

“Foreword,” Toward Definition: An Examination of African American Craft Art, with Dr. Barbara Glass in The International
Review of African Art. Hampton, Virginia: Hampton University Museum, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1994.

“Foreword,” Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of Afro-American Craft Art. Wilberforce, Ohio: National
Afro-American museum and Cultural Center, 1993.

“Fight for Equal Educational Opportunities Has Not Yet Been Won.” Editorial for the Springfield Sun News, January 30,
1994, p. 7A.

“Preserving a Legacy,” in History News, Vol. 48, No. I. January/February 1993, pp. 26-30.

“Haley’s Legacy is Priceless Collection,” in Dayton Daily News, October 1992, p. 3B.

“An Appalachian Afro-American Family,” in Appalachian Heritage, Vol. 19, No. 4. Fall 1991, pp. 9-13.

“Education America: Black Colleges – Strengths & Crises,” in Black History Month Kit 1991, Report #14. Washington, D.C.:
Associated Publishers, 1991.

“A State/Federal Partnership Yields a New Museum,” in Organizing your Museum: The Essential, Resource Report 5.
Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 1989.

“History and the Black Community,” in The State of American History: Present and Future, Darlene Hines, ed. New Orleans:
Louisiana State University Press, 1986.

“Taking Stock of Afro-American Material Culture,” in History Vol. 40. February 1985, pp. 15-19.

“George Washington Ellis,” in Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael Winston, eds. New
York: W.W. Norton, 1982.

“Bishop Alexander Walters,” in Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael Winston, eds. New
York: W.W. Norton, 1982.

“Ernest Lyon,” in Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael Winston, eds. New York: W.W.
Norton, 1982.

“Octavia Victoria Rodgers Albert,” in Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael Winston,
eds. New York: W.W. Norton, 1982.

“Susie King Taylor,” in Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael Winston, eds. New York:
W.W. Norton, 1982.

“Blacks in Higher Education,” in Black Males by Lawrence Gary. Los Angeles: Sage Publishers, 1981, pp. 215-227.

“Black Males in Higher Education to 1954: A Historical Overview,” in Black Students in Higher Education in the 1970’s:
Conditions and Experiences by Gail E. Thomas. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1981.

“Faculty Distribution in Higher Education,” in New Directions, The Howard University Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 4. October 1980,
pp. 22-25.

“The Stono River Rebellion and Its Impact on the South Carolina Slave Code,” in Negro History Bulletin, Vol. 42, No. 3. July-
August-September 1979, pp. 66-68.

“Neo-Conservatism: The Road To and From Bakke,” co-authored with Gerald Gill, in New Directions, The Howard
University Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 4. October 1978, pp. 18-22.

“Affirmative Action and the Reversal of Discrimination,” in ISEP Monitor, Vol. 1, Nos. 5 & 6. December 1977, pp. 4-6.

“The Bakke Controversy, A Historical Perspective,” in New Directions, The Howard University Magazine, Vol. 4., No. 4.
October 1977, pp. 10-12.

“Painful Rise of the Black Ph.D., 1876-1969,” in ISEP Monitor, Vol. 1, No. 3. April 1977, pp. 6-7.

“Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, A study of Black Women in Microcosm,” in Negro History Bulletin, 38. September
1975, pp. 430-433.

“Burke County Had Many U.S. Post Offices,” in The Morganton [NC] News Herald. August 5, 1975.

“Needed: Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education,” in Contact. Spring 1975, pp. 36-39.

“Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” in Federal Civil Rights Enforcement Effort: A Reassessment. United States
Civil Rights Commission, Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1973.

“The Civil Service Commission,” in Federal Civil Rights Enforcement Effort. United States Civil Rights Commission,
Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1971.

“Kentucky School Pairing Plans. A Report on Integration Plans with a Recommendation to School Superintendents.”
Kentucky Commission of Human Rights, Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Government, 1967.

Articles for the Afro-American Bicentennial in support of historical black site nominations to National Register of Historic
Site, Nation Park Services, 1972-73:

“The Stono River Rebellion”

“Sojourner Truth: Black Apostle to American”

“Denmark Vesey: Black Rebel in White America”

“Marcus Garvey”

“William Monroe Trotter: A Sketch of a Black Dissenter”

APPOINTMENTS:

Appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action
Presidential Commission.

Appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board

Appointed by Governor Robert Taft to a second term on the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board.

Appointed by Governor George Voinovich as a member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission;
elected by Commission to serve as Vice Chair.

Appointed by Secretary of the Interior to serve on the National Underground Railroad Study Committee.

Appointed by Governor George Voinovich to Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board.

Appointed by Governor Richard Celeste to serve as an Ohio delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and
Tourism.

Appointed by Governor Richard Celeste to Bicentennial Commission of the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution.

AWARDS:

African American Museums Association: Lifetime Achievement Award

Berea College: Distinguished Alumni Award

National Peace Corps: The Franklin H. Williams Award for Outstanding Community Service

Ohio Museums Association: Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

Ohioana Library: Ohioana Outstanding Humanities Award for Distinguished Service to Ohio in African American History

BOARDS and MEMBERSHIPS:

African American Museums Association (former Treasurer and past President)

Alpha Phi Alpha

American Association of Museums (Executive Committee, 1990-91 and Chair, Program Committee, 1992; MAP Surveyor
and Accreditation Team Visitor; 1993 Nominating Committee; 1994-97 Honors Committee; Ethics Committee)

American Association of Museums – International Council of Museums (Nominating Committee)

American Association for State and Local History (Nomination Committee, 1989; Program Committee, 1988)

American Historical Association

Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Executive Council and VP, 1990-92)

Association of Mid-West Museums (2000 Program Committee Chair)

Berea College Board of Trustees (elected to six-year term beginning 2007)

Bicentennial Commission of the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution

Columbus Area Leadership Program (Board, 1985-89)

Columbus Foundation (Panelist)

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Committee (Dayton, OH)

Eastern Illinois Museum Studies Advisory Board

Gail Research Publishers Advisory Board for 6th Edition Afro-American Almanac

Greene County Historical Society

Getty Leadership Advisory Committee

Historical Records Advisory Board (OH)

Journal of Negro History (Executive Committee and Editorial Board)

Knight Foundation (Advisory Committee)

Montgomery County Historical Society Board

Museum Trustee Association (Advisory Council)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Afro-American Museum Foundation (Secretary)

National Endowment for the Humanities (Panelist)

National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission

National Trust for Historic Preservation (Advisory Panel)

North Carolina Historical and Literary Society

Ohio Arts Council (Panelist and Chair, Visual Arts)

Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums

Ohio Association for the Study of African-American Life & History, Inc. (former Board Member)

Ohio Travel Industry Advisory Council

Ohio Museums Association (Past President)

Sigma Pi Phi (Sigma Boule)

Southern Historical Association

Yellow Springs Historical Society
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Short list of Presidents with
available information.

1965-1966   Lorenzo J. Greene
1966-1967   J. Reuben Sheeler
1974-1976   Edgar Toppin
1977-1980   Charles Walker Thomas
1989-1990   Andrew Brimmer
2001-2004   Gloria Harper Dickinson
2004-2006   Sheila Y. Flemming-Hunter
2007-2009   John Fleming