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Dr. Erica Williams Contributes to Influential Anthropologists Anthology

February 2019

Erica Lorraine WilliamsErica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is the co-editor of the recently published book, "The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology."

A collection of biographies, the book explores 15 second-generation and accomplished African-American anthropologists trained in the late 1950s to 1960s who studied and specialized in the African Diaspora.

The profiles include scholars such as former Spelman president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Dr. James Lowell Gibbs Jr., and Dr. Diane K. Lewis.

“One of the things I like about Spelman is that we center on the contributions of African Americans,” said Dr. Williams. “It’s good to make sure the work of these scholars and their place in history is maintained. By bringing these voices back we ensure they don’t get lost in history.”

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