I am working on a book project with my friend and colleague, Phil Sinitiere, professor of history at Sam Houston State University; he was honored with the above award this month as many academics, students, and people of color celebrate the history and gains made in society. Phil stated on his blog…
…I had the privilege of delivering the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Conference banquet address for the NAACP student chapter (Unit 6816) on the campus of Sam Houston State University. I gave a talk titled “Finding the Past in the Present: W.E.B. Du Bois for a New Century.” I was also honored with the
2009-2010 Faculty Freedom Fighter Award, recognizing the role of teaching and scholarship in keeping the memory of the NAACP alive and continuing its work for civil and human rights in the 21st century. I am particularly excited to win this award during the 2009-2010 academic year, months that span the centennial of the association itself and The Crisis magazine. The SHSU chapter is doing great work on campus and in the greater Huntsville and Houston communities, in addition to playing key roles at the national level. I’m humbled to be associated with chapter, and excited to be a part of the work the students are doing.
Phil is one of my academic heros; I have long admired his passion, work ethic, and belief in social justice. Our book addresses this:
W.E.B. Du Bois and Religion: A Brief History with Documents (Forward Edward Blum, professor of History at San Diego State University) and co-edited with Phillip Luke Sinitiere, professor of History at Sam Houston State University, is a collection of primary sources that reflect Du Bois’s thoughts on faith, spirituality, and the political implications of religion. Documents include those that address religion from a sociological perspective, religious artwork, and spiritual fiction, among others. This collection also includes a timeline of Du Bois’s life, bibliography, and study questions.