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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.


Dr. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin is Associate Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, professor of art history, and Director of the Gallery of Art at Howard University,   where she has served continuously since 1970. She has written and lectured widely on African American art and artists, including the 1994 publication, The Life and Art of Lois Mailou Jones, and she has done essays for several exhibition catalogues.

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February 2001