African American Studies Staff
- Professor Emeritus
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989
- Fields African American, Africa
My central scholarly interests are 20th century African American history. In 2005, the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky unanimously approved the publication of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. I will be serving as one of the three general editors of this unique book. This five-year project will require over 200 contributors and have 1,200 entries. Also, I serve as an appointed member of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.
My publications include the following books: Onward and Upward: A Centennial History of Kentucky State University 1886-1986 (Frankfort: 1987) and Fifty Years of Segregation: Black Higher Education in Kentucky 1904-1954 (Lexington: 1997). I have chapters in the following: Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort (Lexington: 2003) and A Commemoration of WKU's Integration/1956-2006 (Bowling Green: 2006). Two articles have been published: "Green Pinckney Russell of Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons," Journal of Black Studies 25 (May 1995) 5: 610-621 and "Green Pinckney Russell, Francis Marion Wood, and the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute 1912-1929: A Study in Politics and Race," Filson Club History Quarterly, Volume 69, No.2, 171-188.