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Professor Receives UNCF Grant to Study Activism, Education Equity in Britain

July 2017

Richard Benson

Richard D. Benson II, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Education Department, has received a one-year grant from the United Negro College Fund to study the struggle for education equity in Britain’s Black community. The UNCF-sponsored Henry C. McBay Faculty Research Fellowship will fund his project “Resistance Under the Crown: Black Education, Protest and Radical Activism in Britain 1965-1988.”

The $15,000 grant will support his travel to London, where he will conduct research at the George Padmore Institute, the Black Cultural Archives and other research centers that chronicle the political, literary and cultural history of African and Caribbean communities in the United Kingdom. Dr. Benson also will interview scholars and grassroots organizers/activists who participated in the Black Education and Black Parents movements of the 1970s and 1980s. The research will help complete his book on social protest for educational equity during the Black Power movement in Britain.

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