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Sundiata Cha-Jua

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign


Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua is Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History, at the University of Illinois. In addition, to a PH.D specializing in African American History, he holds an advanced certificate in Black Studies from Northeastern University and an Administrative Certificate from the National Council for Black Studies.  He has chaired Africana Studies units at the University of Missouri (1991-1994) and at the University Illinois (2001-2008).

Cha-Jua studies community formation, radical intellectual traditions, social movements, and racial violence and strategies of resistance.  He primarily uses historical methodologies to critically examine the history, life, and intellectual and cultural productions of African Americans from perspectives that locate Black people at the center of analysis and emphasize their agency.

He authored the award-winning, America's First Black Town, Brooklyn, Illinois, 1830-1915 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000), the monograph, Sankofa: Racial Formation and Transformation, Toward a Theory of African American History (Washington State University, 2000), and co-edited Race Struggles (University of Illinois Press, 2009).  He has published dozens of articles, including coauthoring, "The 'Long Movement' as Vampire: Temporal and Spatial Fallacies in Recent Black Freedom Studies" in Journal of African American History, which was the 2009 co-winner of the OAH EBSCO host America: History and Life Award for the best journal article in United States History, 2007-2009.

Cha-Jua has served on NCBS's Board since 2003 and worked as Vice President since fall 2007.  He also has contributed his expertise in strategic planning through service on the Curriculum, Assessment and Program Review, and Public Policy committees. During his tenure as Vice President, he modernized our conference planning through the introduction of the All Academic software, which facilitated the annual conference's dynamic growth.

Cha-Jua serves on the editorial boards of four Africana Studies journals: Africana Studies: A Review of Social Science Research, The Black Scholar, Journal of African American Studies, and the Journal of Black Studies and is the co-creator of Black Women, Gender & Families.  He has appeared in several newspapers, documentaries, and radio and television programs, including the Chicago Reporter, NPR's News and Notes, and Media Matters.

Cha-Jua envisions NCBS as an inclusive professional organization built on the Black scholar-activist model expressed in its motto, "Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility."  He sees NCBS embodying the problem-solving mission at the discipline's core and spearheading a generational renaissance of community-engaged scholarship for social transformation.





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 Vice-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

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.




Alfred Young

Georgia Southern University


Dr. Alfred Young is a 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.  

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