Kennell Jackson
(1941-2005)
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1941
Born March 19, 1941 in Farmville, Virginia
 
1958
Graduated from Robert Russa Moton High School- Farmville, VA (Prince Edward County, a Brown v. Board of Education County in 1954)
 
1962
Graduated from Hampton Institute
B.S. in Biology and Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude). 2nd ranking student in graduating class. Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Awarded special distinction for dissertation "An Ethnohistorical Study of Akamba Oral Traditions"
 
1962-63
Attended University of California, Los Angeles Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Introductory Studies in African History
 
1963-64
Attended University of Ghana, Legon on a John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship
 
1964-65
Attended King’s College, University of Cambridge
 
1966-68
Attended University of California, Los Angeles (Return to Ph. D program in History)
 
1967-69
Research in Kenya for 18 months on a Ford Foundation Foreign Areas Training Fellowship. Focus: Oral History of the Akamba, a decentralized society in southwest highlands of Kenya.
 
1969
Acting assistant professor, Stanford University
 
1970
Received Ph. D, University of California, Los Angeles
 
1970
Assistant professor, Stanford University
 
1972
Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education at Stanford.
 
1973
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Grant, Research in Kenya
 
1977
Promoted to Associate Professor, Stanford University
 
1980-89
Director, The Undergraduate Program in African and Afro-Americans
 
1980-2005
Resident Fellow, Branner Hall, Stanford University
 
1985
Designed and established the Undergraduate Scholars Program, which provided one-on-one mentoring and research guidance for minority and other students from faculty members, long before the idea of mentoring minority students for possible positions in the professoriate became popular.
 
1985-86
University Fellow, Stanford University
 
1986
Created Undergraduate Scholars Program, Stanford University
 
1986
Published "Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Global Exchange," Harry Elam and Kennell Jackson (editors)
 
1990
Cox Medal for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate research at Stanford.
 
1996
Published "America is Me: The Most Asked and Least Understood Questions About Black American History"
 
2001
Published “What is Really Happening Here?: Black Hair among African Americans and in American Culture” in periodical "Hair in African Art and Culture"
 
2005
Promoted to Full professor, Stanford University
 
2005
Passed away on November 21, 2005 at the age of 64.
 
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