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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. 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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November 1999