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Dr. Kimberly Brown Pellum to Speak at ASU’s Distinguished Lecture Series

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: May 30, 2018

A noted author and distinguished history professor at Texas Southern University will serve as the keynote speaker for ASU’s Thomas C. Steward Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Alabama State University’s Programs and Activities Board will host the Thomas C. Steward Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday, June 4 at 4 p.m. in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center theatre.

The topic for the lecture is “Why Historically Black Colleges and Universities must survive, and how?” Dr. Kimberly Brown Pellum, author and history professor at Texas Southern University, will be the guest speaker.

Pellum maintains an ongoing mission to help people accurately understand their place in American history and the world. With a doctoral degree in United States history earned at Howard University, she has worked as a Multicultural Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History. The Montgomery Improvement Association (founders of the famed 1955 Bus Boycott) and the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture are among a number of groups and organizations that have called upon her leadership and expertise to guide community-based preservation projects, commemorative programs and education initiatives.

She is the author of two history books for children, founder of the non-profit Education Like Me, and is currently under advanced contract with University Press of Florida for her upcoming book “The Battle for Black Beauty.” Pellum continues to partner with museums, libraries and institutions of learning throughout the country as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, and currently teaches a variety of history courses at Texas Southern University.

Her work as a historian and her romance with sparkle have also merged in her signature delivery as host of the Miss Africa USA Pageant and orientation lecturer for Miss Black USA for a number of years. She also collaborated with former Miss America Ericka Dunlap to produce “Defining Beauty for Ourselves: Crowns, Conversations and Q&A”. She enthusiastically teaches students, youth especially, to analyze the past so they may be better prepared to frame their future.

Pellum also founded Say It Loud University: History Camp for Kids. She has been featured in HBCU Digest and HBCU Buzz, and recently, the Meek-Eaton Archives Research Center, in Tallahassee, Fla., installed a collection of women’s history archival materials named in Pellum’s honor.

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