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,
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.
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
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.