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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Moorland-Spingarn Research Center To Host Five Summer Faculty Fellows

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2013) – The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) of the Howard University Library System (HULS) has selected five Howard University faculty members from a range of academic disciplines as 2013 Summer Faculty Fellows.

This summer’s MSRC Fellows are:

Lila Ammons, Ph.D., associate professor, Afro-American Studies Department
Curdella Forbes, Ph.D., professor of Caribbean Literature, Department of English
Kenyatta Gilbert, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Divinity
Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor and interim assistant chair, Department of Media, Journalism, & Film in the School of Communicat
Quito Swan, Ph.D., associate professor of African Diaspora History, Department of History

Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Friends of Moorland-Spingarn, the program’s goal is to promote cross-disciplinary research at Howard University. The program provides financial and other assistance to faculty whose research into the global Black experience can benefit from concentrated access to MSRC holdings.

Ammons’ project will focus on the role of African-American women as organizers of voluntary associations from their arrival in the United States to the post-Reconstruction era (1660-1890s). She will engage MSRC documents and other holdings from a number of specifically targeted political, economic, service, and social organizations that served Black women.

Forbes will consult MSRC’s Haitian Collection to explore the representation of Haiti in 19th century African-American newspapers. Her review of Moorland-Spingarn’s documents will constitute the final leg of research for her forthcoming book on diaspora and emergent trends in Caribbean literature and culture.

Gilbert’s research will support his forthcoming book, “Cry Out! Preaching Justice, Practicing Hope,” which examines the matrix of social and ecclesial factors in certain African-American congregations in the North during the Great Migration period. He will utilize MSRC collections of Benjamin E. Mays and Mordecai W. Johnson’s papers, sermons, and notes in his research, along with the papers of African American sociologist E. Franklin Frazier and theologians Daniel Payne and Henry McNeil Turner.

Rice-Lamb’s summer MSRC research will explore issues and concerns of Black journalists before and during the Civil Rights Movement and examine the impact of the Kerner Commission Report on the Black press and on Black journalists who entered “mainstream media” upon the demise of Jim Crow. Access to the MSRC’s extensive Black Press Archives and the papers of African-American journalist Ethel Payne, among others, will facilitate her research.

Swan will conduct research on Kwame Ture’s (Stokely Carmichael) political activities, particularly during his time as a Howard University student (1960-64). The project specifically explores how Ture—and, by extension, 1960s Black radicalism at Howard—is remembered (or not remembered) and incorporated into the historical narrative of the University by its students, administration, faculty, and wider community. He will draw heavily on MSRC’s “1960s Retrospective-An Inward Look” online guide for his research.

Program fellows will be expected to share their findings as participants in the MSRC Fall Colloquium series. For more information, contact D. Kamili Anderson, HULS Public Affairs & Communications Specialist, at (202) 806-7237 or


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