Co-editor of (4) Volumes in the Conflicts in American History Series:


Volume 3: The Civil War Era, 1861-1865;

Volume 4: The Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877;

Volume 7: The postwar and civil rights era, 1945-1973;

Volume 8: Toward the twenty-first century, 1974-present. (New York: Facts on File, 2010)


W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (1868-1934) (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008)

CNN Belief Blog mentions W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (1868-1934)





 The Yancy Years: The Age of Infrastructure, Restoration and Technology (Charlotte: Johnson C. Smith University, 2008)

Johnson C. Smith University Alumni, Friends, Family, faculty & staff members who served between 1994-2008 and HBCU pundits, researchers and enthusiasts who wish to learn about the intricacies of HBCU leadership, we are so excited to announce that the documentary history chronicling the 14 1/2 year presidency of Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy is now DIGITIZED and AVAILABLE for you to read and download for FREE:


THE YANCY YEARS: THE AGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESTORATION (2008) co-authored by Dr. Brian Johnson, Benny Smith, APR, MMC and Dr. Sharon Raynor which documents the successes and achievements during this pivotal moment of the university’s first female president is not only essential reading but a guide—for posterity’s sake—in understanding the importance of HBCU leadership which are not described via social media. For this history predates the world of social media where any all opinions are proffered without respect to validity.

As a documentary history, this book is not anecdotal history but qualitative analysis through interviews and publicly accessible documents written by administrators to provide an inside view into the tenure of, arguably, our alma mater’s most successful president whose vocation was to return and serve her beloved alma mater.

Needless to say, Dr. Yancy is alive, well and prospering but let us all “give honor to where honor is due”. And she enjoys the same level of “quickness of thought” that those who have served with her know so well.

Booker T. Washington, arguably the greatest university president, offered the following “Let examples answer.” In this history, JCSU and HBCU enthusiasts will learn about the following during a 14-year history with supplemental documents in the appendix and much more: https://lnkd.in/dpzGGVNA



Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-Based Leadership for African Americans (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005)


Du Bois and Civil Religion: A Review of Brian Johnson’s Du Bois On Reform



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