Hailed “young sister leader” by Spelman College and Bennett College for Women President Emerita Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, New York Times published historian Dr. Crystal A. deGregory is the 2016 recipient of the Fisk Women of Prominence Award. She was also an HBCU alumna of the year finalist for the 2015 HBCU Awards, and was the recipient of her high school’s 50th Anniversary Golden Warriors Award. In 2014, she received the HopeDealer of the Year Award, presented by the Washington, D.C.-based The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative.
Dr. deGregory is the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, an advocacy initiative preserving, presenting and promoting inspiring stories of the Historically Black College and University’s (HBCU) past and present, for their future. A passionate believer in the historic mission and contemporary vision for the nation’s HBCUs, she convenes the HBCUstory Symposium annually, and is editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture (HBCUR+C).
A native of Freeport, Bahamas, she is a proud alumna of the historic Fisk University. She holds a Master of Education from Tennessee State University, and received master’s and doctoral degree in history from Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching interests include black Nashville and black education in 19th and 20th centuries, with special attention to black colleges, as well as the relationship of them to the modern Civil Rights Movement. She continues to explore interrelationship of these institutions and their civil rights efforts to the wider African Diaspora where they helped engender the social and political development of fledgling black nations such as the modern Bahamas.
Why We Are Here: Introducing Kentucky State’s Atwood Institute on Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal
Remarks delivered to open the inaugural symposium of Kentucky State University Atwood…