Essential and Timely
The success of the HBCUstory Symposium was the fulfillment of a dream to afford members of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community an opportunity to present their research. The symposium was the first step in a two-part plan to provide a compelling counter-narrative to the negative perceptions of HBCUs so pervasive in the public sphere. In keeping with the academic mantra “publish or perish,” we proudly introduce The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture (HBCUR+C). An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, HBCUR+C publishes a wide-range of scholarly articles relating to the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD 2015-2017
Dr. Crystal A. 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). Her newest works include an epilogue for The Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and chapters in Black Colleges in the Diaspora: Global Perspectives on Identity and Culture and Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating Memoirs and Stories to Inspire Females of Color. Her book chapter “The Relationships of Revolution: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement and Political Change in the Bahamas” was published as a part of In an Inescapable Network of Mutuality: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Globalization of an Ethical Ideal was published in August 2013. deGregory is also editor of Emancipation and the Fight for Freedom (2013), the sixth volume in the 12-part series Tennessee in the Civil War: The Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Her other published work includes contributions to HBCU Experience: The Book (2014), The Journal of Tennessee State University (2012), Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture (2011) and Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience (2009). A passionate HBCU advocate, Dr. deGregory is also a regular contributor to The HBCU Digest, and was the 2016 recipient of the Fisk Women of Prominence Award.
Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. serves as HBCUR+C’s managing editor. Dr. Freeman is associate professor of higher education at the University of Idaho. He is a former National Holmes Scholar, a certified faculty developer through the Learning Resources Network, and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His research investigates the challenges facing higher education administration programs, specifically, higher education as a field of study and the university presidency. Dr. Freeman has published numerous journal articles and is the lead editor (with Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, and Dianne A. Wright) of Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study: In Quest of Doctoral Degree Guidelines (Stylus Publishing, 2014) which received the 2015 Auburn University Graduate School “Book of the Year” Award. He also was recently named to the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and was honored with the “2015 Emergent Leader of the Year” award by the same professional society. He serves on multiple academic journal editorial and review boards, including serving as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education.
Dr. Marcia Allen Owens currently serves as HBCUR+C’s associate managing editor. Dr. Owens is associate professor of Environmental Science & Policy, director of the Center for Environmental Equity & Justice, and director of Environmental Studies & Policy at Florida A&M University (FAMU). A graduate of Jackson State University, she also earned the Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Divinity degrees from Emory University. As an environmental lawyer and transdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Owens’ specific research interests and areas of publication include environmental literacy, environmental justice, religion and ecology, and women in STEM professions at HBCUs. Her interests in the importance of environment and sustainability issues at HBCUs began in 1999, when she presented “Incorporating Environmental Health into the College Curriculum” to the United Negro College Fund/Second Nature Building Environmental Stewardship Workshop. Similarly, she presented “The Importance of Teaching in Achieving Sustainability at HBCUs” at So Green’s Greening the Southeast Summit. A promoter of access and inclusion for HBCU faculty and students, and as the first HBCU faculty member to serve on the Board of the NAAEE, she sponsored the first HBCU students to present at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in 2008. Additionally, she was one of the first HBCU faculty members to present at the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Owens was also selected as one of 60 faith leaders chosen to be trained by Vice President Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Project). In addition, as a member of its Governing Board and Ecojustice Working Group, she was part of the National Council of Churches’ delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Accra, Ghana. This delegation, with members from the U.S., Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda, addressed the issue of climate change as a justice issue. She has also provided expert testimony on “Environmental Health and Environmental Justice,” to the White House Council for Environmental Quality.
Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil, M.B.A. is an associate professor and Sports Management Program coordinator at Texas Southern University. A graduate of Prairie View A & M University (BS, 1994; M.Ed., 2004) and Texas Southern University (MBA, 2008; MS, 2009; Ed.D., 2009), he is a prominent voice on Historically Black Colleges and Universities sport business and one of the preeminent scholars on HBCU sports culture theory, sport business and leadership. He produces “Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Sports Top 10 Mid-Major and Major Polls” and is a regular contributor, as a sports analyst on several radio programs across the country with the “HBCU Sports Report.” You can hear him on his show Dr. Cavil’s “Inside the HBCU Sports Lab” with Ryan McGinty, Mike Washington, and Charles Bishop radio show on KCOH 1230AM radio every Tuesday from 7:00pm-8:00pm CST (www.kcohradio.com).
Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr. is an assistant professor of African American and public history at Tennessee State University. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he earned his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University in 2003. Williams has worked as a Historic Sites Specialist for the State of Florida, served as coordinator for the African American Studies Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and served as trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation in Savannah, Georgia. He is spearheading the North Nashville Heritage Project, which seeks to encourage a greater understanding of the history of North Nashville including the Jefferson Street District, and its historic relationship to the greater Nashville community.
Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe is an innovative higher education administrator, scholar, social justice advocate, and future chief diversity office with several years of professional training and development that began during his undergraduate years at Auburn University as an engaged student leader in the Office of Diversity (now known as the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs). Since then, Brandon has used his knowledge of best practices and creativity to develop small to large scale programs ranging from educational discussions/workshops/training centered around diversity and inclusion strategies to large scale conferences and cultural entertainment initiatives that unites the campus and its surrounding communities. As a scholar, Brandon uses his writing to advocate for increased institutional diversity and social justice through his research–which analyzes the various intersections between organizational culture, leadership development, inclusion strategies, and educational socialization on college campuses. Specifically, he explores how these variables influence access, equity, and persistence of minorities in higher education.