Grants and Gifts

• Emory University in Atlanta received a $533,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue funding the university’s visiting scholars program at the James Weldon Johnson Institute until 2014.

Historically black North Carolina A&T State University received grants totaling nearly $1.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The grant will fund education programs to train students in right-of-way negotiations and acquisitions.

• Myron Beasley, assistant professor of African-American studies and American cultural studies at Bates College, received a grant from the Warhol Foundation that he will use to fund the completion of his book, which is tentatively titled, Reciting Sites: Rituals, Death and Loss.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced the awarding of 52 grants totaling $45.7 million under its Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Program. The grants will fund programs in science disciplines that are applicable to national security.

• Brenda Dixon Gottschild, founder of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, received a $50,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage to complete work on her book, Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of Performance and Race.