OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

David H. Jackson Jr.

Portrait of David H. Jackson Jr.

David H. Jackson Jr. is a professor of history and the chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography, and African American Studies at Florida A&M University, a position he has held for the last nine years. Jackson has published five scholarly books and numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, short essays, and book reviews, and he has spoken at more than one hundred professional conferences, universities, public schools, prisons, courts, churches and other venues throughout the United States. He is the author most recently of Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours, 1908-1912 (2008). He has received numerous awards from his university, including multiple teaching and research awards and the Rattler Pride Award for Community Leadership; he was also named one of the university's "Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial." In 2014 he received the American Historical Association’s Equity Award in recognition of his achievements in training and mentoring minority historians, having sent more than thirty students to doctoral programs in the last decade.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Lecture will examine Booker T. Washington's Southern Educational Tours and how he used them to place black progress on display while simultaneously undermining white supremacist arguments about black regression and degeneration.
This lecture discusses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy and examines how he would assess the current state of race and race relations in America if he were alive today.
Lecture examines the life and legacy of Charles Banks, Booker T. Washington's chief lieutenant in Mississippi. Banks became the most powerful African American leader in Mississippi during the Progressive Era. His major work as a business leader was done from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, reputedly the oldest all-black town in America.
Lecture discusses the life and legacy of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, one of the most progressive ministers/leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The speech covers his ideas about ordaining women for the ministry, reparations for African Americans, and his ideas about blacks going back to Africa, among other things.
This lecture examines the major areas of focus scholars of the African Diaspora should have while they are doing their work as researchers and teachers.