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Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Missouri Professorship in African-American History and Culture

In 1969, Arvarh E. Strickland became the first tenured African American faculty member at the University of Missouri when he joined the History Department. He later served as Department Chair, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Missouri System, and Special Assistant to the University Chancellor. He was also instrumental in the development of the Black Studies Program at MU, twice serving as Program Director. He was a popular teacher who worked to encourage the recruitment of black faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

In honor of Professor Strickland’s contribution to excellence and diversity at the University of Missouri—and to ensure that the department of history can continue to expand upon his legacy—we are seeking additional support for the Arvarh E. Strickland endowment. You generosity will ensure that the Department of History at Mizzou continue to be recognized as a leader in African American history. 

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