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The Department of History Tougaloo College 2016-2017, Spring edition

The Historian a newsletter


Tougaloo College

is a private,

coeducational, historically black four-year liberal arts, church related, but not church controlled institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie Plantation, to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general.� Since its founding, Tougaloo College has gained national respect for its high academic standards and level of social responsibility. The College reached the ultimate demonstration of its social commitment during the turbulent years of the 1960s. During that period, Tougaloo College was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, serving as the safe haven for those who fought for freedom, equality and justice and the sanctuary within which the strategies were devised and implemented to end segregation and improve race relations. Tougaloo College’s leadership, courage in opening its campus to the Freedom Riders and other Civil Rights workers and leaders, and its bravery in supporting a movement whose time had come, helped to change the economic, political, and social fabric of the state of Mississippi and the nation. Aside from its social commitment, Tougaloo College has continued to strive to create an environment of academic excellence and a campus of engaged learners. The administration and faculty continue to challenge students to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities available in a global economy and to become leaders who will affect positive change.


TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE 1…………………………………………….………………………“From the Chair’s Desk” 2……………………………………….………………………….……….Mission Statement 3…………………………………….….…………The History Major & Other Requirements 4………………………………………………….………………………. From the Archives 5………………….…………………….……………….….Spotlight on Our Visiting Faculty 6……………………………………………..…..…………“My First Semester at Tougaloo” 7……………………………………………….…………..“Where History Met My Future”

8-10……………………….………………Academic Accolades & Professional Milestones 11-12……………………………………………………………………...The Class of 2017 13…………………………………..……………………………. 2016-2017 Photo Gallery

14……………………………………….………………………….…. “News You Can Use” 15……………………………………………………………………….. Department Faculty


From the Chair’s Desk‌ After having had a semester away to adjust to motherhood, I was excited to return to the Department of History at my beloved alma mater. It is with great humility and honor that I work with those who I learned from to prepare a new generation of Tougaloo Eagles to become History educators, museum curators, archivists, lawyers, and change agents. As evidenced during the academic year, this department has set a high standard for academic excellence, and we seek to maintain that reputation. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the service and commitment of Professor Jim Brown and Dr. William Woods, while also thanking Dr. Jessica Burch, the 2016-2017 Vanderbilt Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History, and Dr. Nicole Burrowes the Brown Exchange Faculty in History for their vibrant contributions to the department this year. Last and certainly not least, I would like to congratulate all of our department scholars for their academic achievements for the 20162017 academic year. I encourage each of you to be steadfast in your completion of the semester and continue to be positive reflections of the Department.

Best regards,

Daphne Chamberlain-Wilson

Daphne Chamberlain-Wilson, Ph.D. Chair and Assistant Professor of History


“Where History Meets the Future�

OUR MISSION As a means of enhancing and sustaining the Tougaloo College legacy, the Department of History is dedicated to exposing students to the study of history while engaging and challenging this community of learners to be critical and analytical thinkers on their pathway to becoming productive and successful global citizens.


The history Major The major in History consists of thirty-six (36) semester hours which include: World History (HIS 131, 132) American History (HIS 101, 102)

Intro. to African-American History (HIS 134, 135) Historiography (HIS 362) Senior Seminar (HIS 491)

And four (4) additional upper-level history courses

Other requirements  

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Successful completion of 124 credit hours English Writing Proficiency Exam (EWPE) Community Service (60 hours or more) Nelson-Denny Reading Exam Senior Thesis


Dr. Jessica Burch is the 2016-2017 Vanderbilt Mellon

Postdoctoral Fellow in History. She previously held the 2015-2016 Harvard-Newcomen Fellowship at Harvard Business School. Her current book project, Door-to-Door Capitalism: Direct Selling in America from the New Deal to the Internet Age, argues that direct sales firms and executives helped establish many of the legal, managerial, and rhetorical strategies that have undergirded the rise of flexible or semi-autonomous labor in the late twentieth-century United States. The dissertation on which the manuscript is based was a finalist for the 2016 Herman E. Krooss Prize. She received her Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University. While at Tougaloo, College Dr. Burch has taught HIS 101: United States History to 1865 and HIS 311: The Making of Modern America.

Dr. Nicole Burrowes is the 2017 Brown Exchange Faculty in

History. Dr. Burrowes is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and has also been a Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Her research interests include social and labor movements in the African Diaspora, intersectionality, Latin American and Caribbean history and the politics of solidarity. While at Tougaloo College, Dr. Burrowes has taught HIS 321: African Liberation Movements and International Black Power. In addition, Dr. Burrowes coordinated the opening plenary session of the 12th Annual Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and served as the faculty mentor for the Brown-Tougaloo 2017 Civil Rights Mini-Exchange. Dr. Burrowes recently accepted a position as faculty in African and African Diaspora Studies and affiliated faculty in History at the University of Texas at Austin.


by Jaimee’ Mitchell I am Jaimee’ Mitchell, a first semester Junior History Major from Clarksdale, MS. I am a transfer student from Coahoma Community College of Clarksdale, MS. I was first introduced to Dr. Chamberlain when a first-year success coach contacted her to assist in planning my Spring schedule. Shortly after, I had the opportunity to meet her and take several classes in my major this semester. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first semester here at Tougaloo. Tougaloo College has a warm and friendly atmosphere, which is why I made many friends within my first few weeks of school. I love all my classes and my professors. I appreciate that Dr. Woods and Dr. Chamberlain both see my potential, and they push me to do my best. Their motivation is just what I need to perform well in the classroom. They are a big part of why I have adjusted to this new environment well. The opportunities I have had since coming to Tougaloo College have been many. I have met actors, civil rights veterans, and even a Grammy Award winning Blues artist: Danny Glover, Willie Ricks, Hollis Watkins, Bobby Rush and Pat Brown. I participated in the March on Mississippi in Canton, MS, along with Danny Glover. The March on Mississippi was a rally protesting for Nissan Workers’ Rights in Canton, MS. Danny Glover, Bennie G. Thompson, and Bernie Sanders were all active in the march. Willie Ricks, who coined the phrase “Black Power,” and Hollis Watkins are both Civil Rights activists who were guests in my U.S. History class and talked about their journey fighting for African Americans’ rights. Blues musicians, Bobby Rush and Pat Brown, visited my “History of the Blues” class. They talked about their careers and the different experiences they endured in the music industry.

In my first semester here, I also participated in the 2017 Brown-Tougaloo Civil Rights Mini-Exchange. This was a wonderful experience where I met students from Brown University and even had a chance to meet Professor Francoise Hamlin from Brown who attended the same high school I attended. I am excited for what my next semester here at Tougaloo will bring. Tougaloo College is truly the place “Where History Meets the Future. I am the future and striving to make history.

From left to right: Jaimee’ with Mukasa Dada (Willie Ricks), Hollis Watkins, Bobby Rush, and Dr, William Woods. (Photos courtesy of Jaimee’ Mitchell)


by Jada Bass Tougaloo College, the “Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” is the best place to study History, especially African American History. The campus known for its marvelous hanging

moss and rich history has one of the best academic disciplines within Social Science. I could not have asked for better professors or another academic advisor throughout my tenure at Tougaloo. The History department has given me the essential tools needed for me to return to my community and engage in civic activism. I learned how past actions, both good and bad, are impacting the world today. Starting in my Junior year in HIS 362: Historiography, I extensively studied women in the carceral state where I titled my senior thesis “Orange Is Not the New Black: The Missing Stories of Women in Parchman, 1920s-1940s.” I plan to use my understanding of broad themes - such as gentrification, food deserts, and mass incarceration - I learned throughout my matriculation - to combat the social

injustices imposed upon oppressed Black and Brown lives.

Jada is a graduating Senior from Jackson, MS, with plans to attend law school to become a defense attorney.


2016-2017 History Department Honors Hilary Word (Sr.) Lauren Shelby (Jr.)

2016-2017 Senior Scholar Awards Summa Cum Laude (3.80-4.00) Hilary Word Magna Cum Laude (3.50-3.79) Denise Fuller

Vanessa Fuller Evany Gray Honors (3.00-3.19) Kelli Puckett

2016-2017 Provost’s Scholar Awardees

2016-2017 Dean’s Scholar Awardees

Raegan Johnson (Soph.)

Jaslyn Barrow (Jr.)

Marcus Jones (Soph.)

Jarmyra Davis (Jr.)

Lauren Shelby (Jr.)

Brandon Warren (Jr.)


Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities Denise Fuller Raegan Johnson Marcus Jones Johnny Robinson Lauren Shelby Brandon Warren

“Civil Rights: It’s Happening Now” The following students participated in the Mississippi Department of Archives & History-sponsored program “Civil Rights: It’s Happening Now”: Jada Bass, Tracee Fairley, Denise Fuller, Vanessa Fuller, and Hilary Word. Each student had an opportunity to work closely with civil rights veteran Mrs. Flonzie Brown-Wright and was presented with a $500 stipend for their participation and final research findings that connected their research to contemporary civil rights issues.

UNCF Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Raegan Johnson was recently named a UNCF Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her prospective research title is “The Politics of Racial Representation in Walt Disney’s Song of the South.” The fellowship provides academic and professional support to students as they work toward attaining the Ph.D. and ultimately move into the professoriate.

MC-TC Undergraduate Research Symposium Tracee E. Fairley presented her senior research entitled “‘We Carried Guns, While They Cooked Breakfast’: The Unknown Force of Women in the Black Panther Party.” Tracee placed second in the oral presentations.

12th Annual Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Hilary Word served as a panelist at the opening plenary session and also presented her senior research which won her first prize for best research presentation.


Commission in the United States Army On April 27, Kelli Puckett will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Puckett is a graduating History major from Natchez, Mississippi.

Fellowships & Internships

Lauren Shelby, a Junior History major from Ridgeland, MS, recently received the Mississippi Museum of Art Teaching Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Department Alumni

In December 2016, Brianna Glover, a 2014 graduate, received her Master’s in History from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

LeAndre Lightfoot, a 2015 graduate, currently works as an Intelligence Specialist at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. On May 6, 2017, Conisha Hackett, a 2015 graduate, will receive her Master’s in History from Mississippi State University.


GUESS WHAT?! Your 2017 Class Valedictorian is a History Major...

Hilary Word

is a graduating senior History major from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and

she was recently bestowed the honor of serving as the 2017 Class Valedictorian. In 2015, she was selected to be a UNCF Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her research entitled “The Ballad of the Black Bird: Exploring the Absence of Women in Country Music History, 1940-1960,” became the basis for her Senior Thesis. Hilary has had the opportunity to present her research at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History-sponsored forum, “Civil Rights: It’s Happening Now” and at the 12th Annual Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, where she won 1st place for best scholarly research presentation. She recently received an acceptance to present at the 2017 Margaret Walker Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University. In an effort to explore what all a History degree offers, Hilary completed her community service at Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center in Jackson, MS. While at Tougaloo, Hilary has been afforded additional opportunities that have also allowed her to participate in the 2017 Brown-Tougaloo Black Lavendar Mini-Exchange. Hilary is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and a soon-to-be member of the newly chartered Phi Theta Kappa at Tougaloo College. Hilary has served in several leadership capacities on campus including serving as Vice President of the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and former Assistant Secretary of the Tougaloo College Chapter of the NAACP, to name a few. After graduation, Hilary plans to attend graduate school in order to pursue a Ph.D. in American Studies or Ethnic Studies and eventually became a professor at an historically Black college or university.

Congratulations, Hilary!


Best Wishes Class of 2017!

JADA BASS KELLI PUCKETT HILARY WORD


U.S. History 102 class with Mukasa Dada (Willie Ricks), who in 1966 in Greenwood, MS, coined the phrase “Black Power” during the James Meredith March Against Fear.

History major Jaimee’ Mitchell with other Tougaloo students and Brown University students during the 2017 Civil Rights Mini-Exchange at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

“Civil Rights: It’s Happening Now” Awards Presentation Night & Luncheon Front row: Hilary Word, Jada Bass, Vanessa Fuller, Mrs. Flonzie BrownWright, and Denise Fuller. History majors Tracee Fairley and Raegan Johnson with Danny Glover to promote the March on Mississippi.

Back row: Dr. Steve Rozman, Ms. Ida Guice, Dr. Robert Blaine, Tracee Fairley, Professor Jim Brown, Dr. William Woods, Dr. S. Nicole Cathey, Atty. Tim Howard, and Dr. Daphne Chamberlain.


Professor Jonathan Lande will join the History faculty at Tougaloo for the 2017-2018 academic year. Professor Lande is a doctoral candidate at Brown University, and he will be teaching African American Leaders of the 19th Century (HIS 317), African American Leaders of the 20th Century (HIS 313), and a course on African Slavery (HIS 321).

History Course Offerings for Fall 2017* HIS 101: U.S. History to 1865 / Brown / MWF HIS 131: World History I (2 sections) / Brown / TR HIS 134: Introduction to African American History (3 sections) / Woods / MWF HIS 225: The Civil Rights Movement / Chamberlain / TR HIS 315: The History of Science / Brown / MWF HIS 317-01: Blacks in the South / Woods / TR HIS 317-02: African American Leaders of the 19th Century / Lande / TR HIS 491: Senior Seminar / Chamberlain / TR *Times will be released in the coursemaster upon approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.

DATES TO REMEMBER April 19

Advising Day / Pre-Registration

April 26

Last Day of Classes

April 27

Reading Day / No Class

April 28 - May 5

Final Exam Period

May 7

Baccalaureate & Commencement Ceremonies


Professor James A. Brown Assistant Professor of History B.S., Temple University M.A., Memphis State University Galloway Hall jabrown@tougaloo.edu (601) 977-7803

Dr. Daphne Chamberlain-Wilson Chair & Assistant Professor of History B.A., Tougaloo College M.A. and Ph.D., University of Mississippi Galloway Hall dchamberlain@tougaloo.edu (601) 977-7804

Dr. William L. Woods Professor of History B.A., Tougaloo College M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University Galloway Hall wwoods@tougaloo.edu

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Tougaloo College History Department Newsletter, Spring 2017 ed.  

The Historian Tougaloo College History Department Newsletter Spring 2017 edition

Tougaloo College History Department Newsletter, Spring 2017 ed.  

The Historian Tougaloo College History Department Newsletter Spring 2017 edition

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