Bruce Dierenfield is a professor of American history, the director of the All-College Honors Program, and the former coordinator of the African American Experience program at Canisius College. He has been recognized as a Peter Canisius Distinguished Professor and has received the college's Martin Luther King Jr. Award, its DiGamma Award for exceptional service to the institution, and its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. He is the author of the prizewinning The Battle over School Prayer: How Engel v. Vitale Changed America (2007), The Civil Rights Movement (revised edition, 2008, with a 2nd edition in the works), and A History of African-American Leadership (3rd edition, 2012). Dierenfield is currently collaborating with David Gerber on a book about a U.S. Supreme Court case involving hearing disability and separation of church and state. In addition, he is researching a biographical study of the Rev. George W. Lee of Mississippi, the first civil rights martyr, who was assassinated in 1955 for his voter-registration campaign.