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Arvarh E. Strickland Endowment

The Missouri Endowed Chair and Professorship Program, established with the support of the state’s legislature, created the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professorship of African American History and Culture in 1998. The distinguished professorship recognizes Arvarh E. Strickland, author of History of the Chicago Urban League and editor of Lorenzo J. Greene’s volumes Working with Carter G. Woodson, A Diary, 1930-1933.


In 1969, Dr. Strickland became the first African American to receive a tenure-track appointment at the University of Missouri. Until he retired, Dr. Strickland, a nationally known historian, participated in curricular changes and directed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Missouri where he was largely responsible for the increase in the African American enrollment.


The Strickland Professor has the rights, privileges, and obligations of faculty in the College of Arts and Science at University of Missouri-Columbia where his or her duties shall include teaching and research in both the Department of History and Black Studies Department where he or she may assume a leadership role for the Walter Daniel Resource Center.


It is expected that the faculty holding this joint appointment will produce publications for professional and lay audiences in addition to lecturing nationally and internationally on subjects related to African American history and culture.


Also, the Strickland Professor is expected to provide a presence that will continue to influence the University of Missouri’s success rate in the recruitment of minority faculty and students.


To learn how to make contributions to the endowment go to "How to make a gift to Black Studies."