Two UMass Amherst Professors Honored at Conference of the National Council of Black Studies

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts professors David DuBois and John Bracey were both honored recently at the 21st Annual Conference of the National Council of Black Studies. The conference took place April 16-19 at the Furama Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., and marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of black studies programs and departments in the United States.

DuBois, who teaches in both the journalism and Afro-American studies departments, received the Fannie Lou Hammer-Kwame Nkrumah Award for Outstanding Leadership in the African Global Community. The stepson of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, he was honored for his role in carrying on an activist tradition. Du Bois is currently the president of the W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation, and a member of the management committee of the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. He is also a former editor-in-chief of "The Black Panther," the weekly newspaper of the Black Panther Party published in Oakland, Calif.

In addition to receiving his award, DuBois also delivered an address at the conference titled "The Color Line Marches Into the 21st Century."

Bracey, who teaches in the Afro-American studies department, received the Zora Neale Hurston-Paul Robeson Award for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The award recognizes Bracey’s scholarly accomplishments as well as his role in helping to establish Afro-American studies programs nationwide. For example, Bracey recently returned from the State University of New York at Stonybrook, where he served as an external reviewer of the undergraduate Afro-American studies program as it considers expanding to the graduate level.

Bracey also participated in a panel at the conference concerning exchanges between faculty and students in Ph.D. programs.