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Dr. Russell L. Adams, Chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department at Howard University, has taught a "Comparative Slavery" course for over 20 years. He has been advisor and consultant to several projects on the Middle Passage. He is the author of the popular biographical reference work Great Negroes Past and Present.




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Adrianne R. Andrews, is an assistant professor in the
Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  She earned her doctorate in
Anthropology at Northwestern University in 1989. In addition to popular cultures of the African Diaspora, African-American family studies, and African-American women in the work culture of academe, her research interests include the examination of male/female relationships as reflected in African-American folklore.  She has many publications to her credit, and she is currently writing a book with the working title Academic Women Speak:  Multicultural Narratives on Love, Marriage and Career among Women in Academe.




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Dr. Thomas C. Battle, Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, has been a member of Howard’s staff since 1972. A frequent lecturer, writer and consultant, he co-edited Black Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History with Elinor D. Sinnette and W. Paul Coates and Howard In Retrospect:  Images of the Capstone with Clifford L. Muse, Jr.

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Dr. Robert J. Cummings is Professor and Chairman of the Department of African Studies at Howard University. A leading expert on Africa, he was the first African American president of the African Studies Association. His most recent publication is  titled The Lagos Plan of Action vs. The Berg Report:  Contemporary Issues in African Economic Development.



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