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John Henry Bracey Jr., Professor of Afro-American History, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Sharon Harley, Director and Associate Professor of the Afro-American Studies Program, University of Maryland, College Park


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John Henry Bracey, Jr. (4989 bytes)

 John Henry Bracey Jr. is professor of Afro-American history in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Previously, Bracey was Associate Professor of History at the University of Rochester at Rochester, NY, from 1971 to 1972 and Associate Professor of Afro-American History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1972 to 1994. He teaches numerous courses in Afro-American history including Afro-American History survey courses (1619–1860 and 1860–Present), "Black Sociological Thought," the "History of Black Nationalism, " "Black Women—From Slavery to the Present," the "Black Church," and many others.

He was a member of the Bobbs-Merrill Black Studies reprint Series editorial board; contributing editor of the Journal of Ethnic Studies; consultant to WGBH-TV, Boston, on the American Labor History Series, and co-editor, with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, of Black Nationalism in America (Bobbs-Merrill, 1970).

He has written numerous works with August Meier including "Allies or Adversaries?:  The NAACP, A. Philip Randolph and the 1941 March on Washington," in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXXV, No. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 1–17; "The NAACP as a Reform Movement, 1909–1965: To Reach the Conscience of the Nation," in the Journal of Southern History, Vol. LIX, No. 1 (February 1993), pp. 3–30; and "Toward a Research Agenda on Blacks and Jews in U.S. History," in the Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Spring 1993), pp. 60–67. Other works include "Afro-centrism in a Multicultural Democracy," in American Visions: The Magazine of African American Culture, Vol. 6, No. 4 (August 1991), pp. 23–24; "Black Nationalism since Garvey" in Key Issues in the Afro-American Experience, Vol. II (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1971), pp. 259–279; "Black Power" in the Dictionary of American History, Vol. I (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976), p. 316; and "W. E. B. Du Bois" in the Encyclopedia of American Biography (Harper & Row, 1974), pp. 299–302.


Dr. Sharon Harley (7646 bytes)


Dr. Sharon Harley, Director and Associate Professor of the Afro-American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, teaches courses on Afro-American History, Black Culture, Women's History, and Women and Work. Dr. Harley received her Ph.D. in United States History from the Department of History at Howard University. The recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowships including the Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Rockefeller Fellowship for Minority Group Scholars, the American Association of University Women, and the Ford Foundation. She has conducted considerable research in the area of black women's history, focusing on the history of black wage-earning women and black women's organizational activities in the District of Columbia. The co-editor of Afro-American Women: Struggles and Images (Kennikat Press, 1978) and of Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (Howard University Press, 1987) to which she contributed scholarly articles, Professor Harley recently published "When Your Work Is Not Who You Are: The Development of a Working-Class Consciousness among Afro-American Women" in Gender Class Race and Reform in the Progressive Era (University of Kentucky Press, 1991), edited by Noralee Frankel and Nancy S. Dye; "For the Good of Family and Race:  Gender, Work, and Domestic Roles in the Black Community, 1880–1930" in SIGNS: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society 15 (Winter 1990); and an essay in Nineteenth Century Black Leaders (University of Illinois Press, 1988) entitled "Mary Church Terrell—A Genteel Militant." Other recent publications include "Reclaiming Public Voice and the Study of Black Women's Work" in Gender, Families, and Close Relationships:  Feminist Research Journeys (Sage Publications, 1994) and Timetables of African American History (Simon & Schuster, 1995). The latter book has been adopted as a selection for the Book-of-the-Month club. Her publications also appear in the Journal of Negro History and a study of women in the south entitled Sex, Race and the Role, of Women in the  South (University Press of Mississippi). Dr. Harley's most recent publication is the highly successful The Timetables of African American History, which was both a Book of the Month Club and History Month Selection.

She has delivered scholarly papers at the annual meetings of all major historical associations, including the American Historical Association, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, The Organization of American History, the Southern Historical Association, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and at major scholarly research conferences and workshops. Dr. Harley has received numerous grants and contracts, including grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. In 1986, she was elected for a three-year term to the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association.

She has served as a consultant for the Gender, Ethnicity, and Curriculum Transformation Project (funded by the Ford Foundation) at George Washington University and for the Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Integration Projects at Susquehanna University and Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. It addition she was selected to participate in the eight-week faculty seminar on Gender and Curriculum Transformation at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Currently, she is a member of the University of Maryland's Curriculum Transformation Committee.

She has served as consultant for the Integrating Race and Gender into the College Curriculum Workshop for the Center for Research on Women at Memphis State University and to the Commissioner of Education for the State of New York, and she served as Senior Consultant for the Globe textbook, The African American Experience for junior and senior high school students. Currently, she is assisting in the development of the same textbook for elementary school children. Formerly Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at UMCP, she serves as a member of the Maryland Council of the Humanities, serves as a consultant to the Office of Equity Assurance and the Office of Staff Development for the Prince George’s County School System, and directs the Prince George’s County Teachers Institute in African American History and Culture at the University of Maryland. In 1994, she received a presidential award for Outstanding Service to the schools for her work with the Prince George’s County School System.



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