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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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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. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, a specialist in twentieth century Washington, DC history, is currently the Director of the Public History Program in the History Department of Howard University.  A founding member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Association, she serves in a leadership position on national committees of two historical organizations.  Dr. Clark-Lewis is the author of First Freed: Washington, DC in the Emancipation Era, Living In, Living Out: African American Women and the Great Migration and other works, and she has  produced an award-winning, oral history-based documentary entitled "Freedom Bags."

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November 2000