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Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

LaTasha Moody-Love has been named the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) professor of military science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For the majority of her military career, Lt. Colonel Moody-Love served in the Pacific theater.

Moody-Love is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she majored in anthropology with a minor in microbiology. She went on to earn a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University in Alabama.

Billy R. Bennett was appointed director of university bands at Bowie State University in Maryland. He has been serving as interim director since November 2018. Bennett will teach applied music and methods courses and serve as lead instrumental music instructor in the department of music.

Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Norfolk State University in Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in music at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Donna Hylton is the inaugural  Scholar-in-Residence at the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1986, Hylton was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on a second degree murder charge. She spent 27 years in prison.

While incarcerated, Hylton earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from Mercy College and a master’s degree in women’s studies and English literature from Marymount Manhattan College. She also became an ordained Christian minister. In 2012 Hylton was paroled and has become an advocate for women’s and prisoner’s rights. She is the author of A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound (Hachette Books, 2018).


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