UGA experts available to comment on Black History Month

January 30, 2012

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Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia experts are available to provide commentary on Black History Month, commemorated in February.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Historian Carter G. Woodson began Negro History Week in 1926. His goal was to educate the American people about African-American history, including African-American culture and achievements. In 1976, it became nationally recognized as Black History Month.

UGA experts available to speak on the subject and their contact information are listed below. For more information, contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or news@uga.edu.
Obie Clayton Jr., Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies
School of Social Work
706/542-7662, oclayton@uga.edu

Editor of the acclaimed book "An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in a Changing World," Clayton is best known for his service and research in examining race relations, urban inequality, demography and the family. For the past six years, Clayton has used a grant to teach relationship skills and financial literacy to under-served and at-risk populations. He has served on the boards of the Supreme Court of Georgia's Commission on Children, Marriage and Law as well as the Atlanta Crime Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Atlanta-based Disability Resource Group.

Toni P. Miles, Director
Institute of Gerontology
College of Public Health
706/425-3222, tonimile@uga.edu

Miles' expertise covers a spectrum in geriatric medicine, public health and policy. Her book "Health reform and disparities: History, Hype, Hope" will be published this year by ABC-Clio. She can provide information about the historical events influencing the health and longevity of African-American elders.
Maurice C. Daniels, Dean and Professor
School of Social Work
706/542-5424, sswdean@uga.edu

As the founder and director of the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies (http://www.footsoldier.uga.edu/), Daniels is considered an expert in the fields of civil rights, community empowerment, social justice, grant writing and program development. He is the author of "Horace T. Ward: Desegregation of the University of Georgia, Civil Rights Advocacy, and Jurisprudence." In 2004, he received the outstanding research award from the School of Social Work, and in 2000 he was selected as a UGA senior teaching fellow. In addition to his scholarly work, he is active in civil rights and social reform organizations, such as the NAACP, where he serves as a life member.

June Gary Hopps, Thomas M. "Jim" Parham Professor of Family and Children Studies
School of Social Work
706/542-7002, hoppsjg@aol.com

As the Parham Professor, Hopps serves as the School of Social Work's leading authority in public policy as it relates to families and children. In addition to teaching courses and guiding research in this area, she is the school's liaison with state and federal government offices and legislators regarding emerging public policy issues in the field. A scholar of national and international distinction, Hopps is the former dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College.

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