Two Black Scholars Win Awards

OyebadeAdebayo Oyebade, professor of history at Tennessee State University in Nashville, received the Senior Scholar Excellence Award from the Africa Conference held annually at the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored for “advancing scholarship on African historiography and the African diaspora.”

Professor Oyebade joined the faculty at Tennessee State in 2002 and was promoted to full professor in 2007.  His latest book is The United States’ Foreign Policy in Africa in the 21st Century (Carolina Academic Press, 2014). Dr. Oyebade holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the what is now Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria. He earned a Ph.D. at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Derrick-HarriellDerrick Harriell, an assistant professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi, is the recipient of the 2014 Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is honored for his poetry collection Ropes (Aquarius Press, 2013), which deals with African American boxers.

Dr. Harriell holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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