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.
The California Institute of Technology website recently posted an article spotlighting the accomplishments and plans of five MMUF undergraduates from the Class of 2020. Caltech MMUF fellows may pursue undergraduate and graduate research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with MMUF support under an exemption from the program's otherwise exclusive focus on the humanities and social sciences.
On May 15th, the New York Times featured an op-ed piece by MMUF PhD Brandi T. Summers, "What Black America Knows About Quarantine." Dr. Summers, an assistant professor of geography and global metropolitan studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses the February murder of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, the overrepresentation of African Americans among workers newly deemed "essential" and among deaths from COVID-19, and the predominantly white protests against stay-at-home orders in several U.S. states.