Distinguished Honors for Three African American Faculty Members

Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and the founding executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, was recognized with the establishment by the law school of the Charles J. Ogletree Jr. Chair in Race and Criminal Justice in his honor.

Professor Ogletree has taught at Harvard Law School since 1984. He is the co-author of Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? (NYU Press, 2012). Professor Ogletree earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Stanford University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Nancy Smith Professor in Dance at Florida State University, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Bessie Awards, presented by Dance NYC. Professor Zollar founded the dance company Urban Bush Women in 1984. She joined the faculty at Florida State in 1997.

Professor Zollar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds a master of fine arts degree in dance from Florida State University.

The Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the first African American residential students at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, gave an award to Trudier Harris, the first tenured African American faculty member at the university. She was a member of the English department faculty from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Harris is now a University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Harris is a graduate of Stillman College in Alabama. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University


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