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National Council for Black Studies


 


 NCBS 41st Annual Conference


Houston, Texas
March 8-11 2017

International Journal of Africana Studies


Submissions Now Accepted

Celebrating Student Excellence


Honor Society Nominations, Fellows Programs

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Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

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. 

VICE PRESIDENT
Amilcar Shabazz
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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.

TREASURER

Alfred Young

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.  

SECRETARY
Kevin Brooks
Michigan State University

Dr. Kevin L. Brooks is academic specialist for diversity and civic engagement for the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Since 2005, Dr. Brooks has been actively involved with NCBS as conference presenter while he was a graduate student at Purdue University. In 2008, he was selected for the Dr. Tsehloane C. Keto Student Leadership Development and Mentorship Program and board membership. In 2014, he was elected to serve on the Executive Committee as secretary.  With nearly fifteen years of experience in higher education, he has directed and coordinated experiential and academic enhancement opportunities such as community-based programs, Rites of Passage mentoring programs, STEM education programs, youth sports programs, and summer residential programs to assist students with their transition from high school to college and beyond.

Dr. Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in physical education with specializations in sports management and educational leadership from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. He received an additional master’s degree in health and kinesiology and doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction with specializations in Africana/Black studies and curriculum/pedagogical studies from Purdue University.


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