Georgene Bess Montgomery
Clark Atlanta University
My name is Dr. Georgene Bess Montgomery, and I am an Associate Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University. An active scholar, I have numerous publications, including my book, The Spirit and the Word: A Theory of Spirituality in Africana Literary Criticism (Africa World Press). I have been a Board Member of NCBS for a number of years. However, I began my relationship with NCBS as a Junior Faculty when I was selected twice as an NCBS Fellow—Ohio State University and University of Accra, Ghana.
I accepted the Presidency because I see as my primary mission to serve the needs of NCBS, an organization that nurtured me as a young scholar and greatly enhanced my professional growth and development. As the more senior board members step away, it is now my turn to give back to the organization that has given so much to me.
Amilcar Shabazz is professor and chair of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches in the area of history with an emphasis on the political economy of social and cultural movements, education, African American heritage studies and public history. His collegiate journey in Africana/ Black Studies began at the University of Texas as an undergraduate student of John Warfield, William "Sandy" Darity, Rose Brewer, and Austin community activists Dorothy Turner and Velma Roberts. His book Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), received numerous honors including the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award. He also co-edited with Celia R. Daileader and Rhoda E. Johnson Women & Others: Perspective on Race, Gender, and Empire (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2007) and published The Forty Acres Documents, a source book on reparations, with Imari Obadele. Along with journal articles, book chapters, reviews and writings in publications as diverse as The Source Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics, Shabazz has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist with research and teaching work in Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, Mali, France, Nicaragua, and Jamaica. He has a long and successful history in leading academic units at a number of institutions. He was the first Director of African American Studies at the University of Alabama, and as Director of American Studies at Oklahoma State University he helped to found the Center for Africana Studies and Development. He serves on numerous editorial boards, including the Journal of Black Studies, as well as community and professional boards and committees. In the Town of Amherst he was elected in 2012 to serve on the district's local and regional school committees. In an eBlack Studies way, he envisions NCBS using more effectively emerging digital and cyber-technologies.
Georgia Southern University
Dr. Alfred Young is an Emeritus Professor of History at Georgia Southern University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Dr. Young has published a monograph, journal articles, encyclopedia entries, essays and most recently co-authored, Africana Studies: Past Present and Future. His long and active career epitomizes the motto of NCBS Promoting Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility. During his tenure at GSU, he has created and served as Director of the African and African American Studies Program, and introduced the Model Organization of African Unity (now African Union) to Georgia Southern University. To facilitate the development of Africana/Black Studies at GSU, he has successfully won numerous grants and awards, including a $126,374 grant from the US Department of Education, International Studies and Foreign Language Program. Most recently, he co-authored a NCBS Ford grant for $237,000, 2007 to 2010. During the 2010 NCBS conference, Professor Young was instrumental in instituting, along with the Community Engagement Committee, a number of community engagement projects. For example, the Post-Katrina Recovery Project and a National Book Drive for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Professor Young's fundraising and managerial skills have served NCBS well since his election as Treasurer in 1998. Most significantly, during his tenure as treasurer of NCBS, NCBS' budget has grown steadily and consistently due to his fiscal discipline and oversight.
The NCBS Secretary is responsible for making sure our Board of Directors are informed of Board meetings and provided necessary materials for those meetings, as well as having meeting minutes approved and distributed to each member of the Board in a timely manner. If elected to serve on the Executive Committee as Secretary, it will be my goal to be a major advocate for the Council’s outreach initiatives in terms of providing professional development opportunities for Africana/Black Studies students and community-based programming that addresses the needs of our youth and elders on local levels through mentoring relationships. As Secretary, I will work to foster effective communication and interactions between the Board and the General Body, as well as foster mentoring relationships among senior faculty, junior faculty, and students. For example, I will gather information from the Africana/Black Studies departments and programs about their professional development opportunities for junior faculty and students as well as community programs. Then, I will organize two panels (one on professional development, one on community based programs) during the NCBS Annual Conference to present on what specific departments and programs are doing to develop budding scholars in the discipline and to improve the lives of members in their local Black communities. I have been a member of NCBS since 2005 when I joined as a graduate student. Shortly thereafter, I was selected as a Keto Fellow and began service as a Board Member in 2008. With the ever changing dynamics of higher education, I hope we can work together employing our mission of promoting academic excellence and social responsibility to advance the intellectual and cultural development of Africana/Black Studies scholars, Africana/Black Studies discipline, NCBS as the premier organization of Africana/Black Studies professionals, members of the African Diaspora, and the global community.