African American, Women
A professor in the Department of History and the former director of the Temple University Center for African American Life and Culture, Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She is the founder and served as the first executive director of the Bethune Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., the nation’s first museum and archives for African American women’s history. Now a unit of the National Park Service, this National Historic Site honors Mary McLeod Bethune, a noted African American educator who headed a division of the National Youth Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt.
Professor Collier-Thomas’s books include Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion; Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979; My Soul Is a Witness: A Chronology of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1964; and the award-winning Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. She is currently working on a book-length history of African American women and politics.
Dr. Collier-Thomas is the recipient of numerous awards. The U. S. Department of the Interior awarded her the Civilian Conservation Service Award in 1994. The National Black Women’s Political Caucus awarded her the Shirley Chisholm Award for Excellence in 1998. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History awarded her the Carter Godwin Woodson Distinguished Scholars Medallion in October 2001. She has received major research grants from the Lilly Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Humanities Center, and Princeton University. She has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., the National Humanities Center, and Princeton University.