Archive for February, 2014

New Book Offers Interesting Data on Black America

New Book Offers Interesting Data on Black America

There is interesting data on Black Americans organized by chapters such as education, lifestyle and identity, science and technology, entertainment and sports, health, justice, and the environment.

Baylor University Archive of Black Gospel Music to Be Housed at the Smithsonian Museum

Baylor University Archive of Black Gospel Music to Be Housed at the Smithsonian Museum

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has announced that its Black Gospel Music Restoration Project will become a permanent feature of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Documentary on the Racial Integration of Clemson University to Air Nationwide

Documentary on the Racial Integration of Clemson University to Air Nationwide

In 1963 Harvey Gantt became the first Black student at Clemson University in South Carolina. He graduated with honors in 1965. After establishing an architecture firm, he served two terms as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Duke University Exhibits a Copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence

Duke University Exhibits a Copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence

Duke University has placed on display an original handwritten copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. It was probably written by a Haitian who was listening to a public reading of the declaration.

An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston

An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston

The University of Houston has one of the more diverse student bodies of any college or university in the nation. But, the racial and ethnic makeup of its faculty does not approach that of its student body.

Black Groups at the University of Minnesota Seek to End Racial Descriptions in Crime Alerts

Black Groups at the University of Minnesota Seek to End Racial Descriptions in Crime Alerts

Several African American organizations at the University of Minnesota joined in sending an appeal to the university administration to stop using descriptions of race when issuing crime alerts on campus.

University Debuts New Online Historical Archive of Blacks in Southern Nevada

University Debuts New Online Historical Archive of Blacks in Southern Nevada

So far, there are about 500 items in the online digital collection called The Las Vegas African American Experience Project, including photographs, documents, videos, and audio recordings.

Roslyn Clark Artis Named President of Florida Memorial University

Roslyn Clark Artis Named President of Florida Memorial University

Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens has named Roslyn Clark Artis president of the university. She is the first woman to serve as president in the historically Black university’s 135-year history.

Racial Differences in Union Membership and Wages

Racial Differences in Union Membership and Wages

In 2013, there were 2,081,000 African American union members, some 13.6 percent of all African American workers. For union members, Blacks earned 80.9 percent of the wages earned by Whites.

Howard University Reported to Be Cutting 200 Jobs

Howard University Reported to Be Cutting 200 Jobs

The university did not specify which positions were being cut and how many layoffs will occur. Howard employs nearly 5,500 workers at the university and Howard University Hospital.

University of Georgia Study Links Racial Discrimination to Risk of Disease

University of Georgia Study Links Racial Discrimination to Risk of Disease

The study found that African American youth who experience frequent incidents of discrimination are more likely than others to develop heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.

Rutgers Professor Clement Price Named Official Historian of the City of Newark, New Jersey

Rutgers Professor Clement Price Named Official Historian of the City of Newark, New Jersey

The post of official historian of Newark, New Jersey, has been vacant since 2005 but was revived as the city prepares to celebrate the 350th anniversary of its founding in 2016.

The New Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy

The New Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy

J. Luke Wood is an assistant professor of administration, rehabilitation, and postsecondary education and interim director of the doctoral program in community college leadership at San Diego State University.

Vermont Law School Partners With Three HBCUs

Vermont Law School Partners With Three HBCUs

The Vermont Law School in South Royalton has entered into a partnership with Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Central State University in an effort to expand racial diversity in the law school’s student body.

New Board Member at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

New Board Member at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Jim C. Harper, an associate professor and chair of the department of history at North Carolina Central University in Durham, was elected to the executive council of the organization founded by Carter G. Woodson.

Historical Recognition for Florida A&M University Hospital

Historical Recognition for Florida A&M University Hospital

Florida A&M University in Tallahassee is unveiling a new historical marker to honor the work performed at the Florida A&M University Hospital, which was the only medical facility for Blacks within 150 miles.

Honors for Four Black Scholars

Honors for Four Black Scholars

The honorees are Tiffany Washington of the University of Georgia, Karin Edwards of Three Rivers Community College, Eric Sheppard of Hampton University, and Oluwatoni Aluko of Meharry Medical College.

North Carolina HBCUs Embark on a New International Field Study Program

North Carolina HBCUs Embark on a New International Field Study Program

The NC Sage Partnership is establishing a series of international courses of study. The first will be a program on public health taught at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

New Administrative Roles for Four African American Academics

New Administrative Roles for Four African American Academics

The new appointees are Jaffus Hardrick at Florida International University, Patricia Salley at South Carolina State University, Melanie Hart at CUNY, and Gbubemi Okotieuro at Berkeley College in New York.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

Professor King Davis of the University of Texas is seeking funding to finish a monumental task of making decades of archival information on Black mental illness available to researchers.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Harvard's New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Harvard’s New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Black scholars who are among the new group of fellows are Christopher Emdin, Shose Kessi, Achille Mbembe, Mark Anthony Neal, Wole Soyinka, and Deborah Willis.