A special feature published on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's website spotlights the stories of five MMUF fellows from the class of 2021 who are graduating from college in an exceptionally difficult academic year that has upended many of academia's operating assumptions and complicated the plans of many individual students.
MMUF PhD Joshua Bennett, an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College and a poet and literary critic, is the winner of two major 2021 awards: the Guggenheim Fellowship in American Literature and the Whiting Award for poetry and nonfiction.
Roland Smith, veteran coordinator of the MMUF program at Rice University, was recently honored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education as the first recipient of an achievement award named after him. The AABHE's Dr. Roland B. Smith Jr. Leadership Award recognizes Dr.
MMUF fellow Anna Malaika Tubbs, a doctoral student in sociology at Cambridge University who began her MMUF career as an undergraduate at Stanford University, recently published her first book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. The book considers the little-studied figures of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin and the ways in which their beliefs, accomplishments and teachings shaped their sons, contributing to their massive impact as political actors and icons of Black history.
MMUF fellow Tongo Eisen-Martin, an alumnus of Columbia University's MMUF program, has been selected as the next poet laureate of the city of San Francisco. Tongo, who also earned a master's degree in African American studies from Columbia, is the author of Heaven is All Goodbyes, from the Pocket Poet Series published by City Lights Books, which won an American Book Award and the California Book Award for Poetry in 2018.
MMUF fellow Blythe George, the recent recipient of a PhD in sociology and social policy from Harvard University, was profiled in June by the Harvard Gazette. Dr. George, who was selected as a fellow at Dartmouth College, is the first member of northern California's Yurok tribe ever to earn a PhD from Harvard.