University of Missouri


Arvarh E. Strickland

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
area: African-American history
office: 112 Read Hall
phone: 573-882-6049

A.B., Tougaloo College, 1951
M.A., 1953
Ph.D., 1962, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

In January 1996, Prof. Strickland retired and became professor emeritus, but he continued to serve as interim director of the Black Studies Program until a director took office six months later. He completed his term as international president of Phi Alpha Theta in 1995 and his term as chair of the advisory board/nominating committee in 1997. Locally, in 1995, he completed his term on the University of Missouri Press Committee and as chair of the System's Thomas Jefferson Award Committee.

Strickland continues his professional and public service involvement. He remains on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mississippi History and the Missouri Historical Review. His service also continues on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri. He chaired the American Historical Association's Wesley-Logan Prize Committee from 1994 to 1996. He chaired the Southern Historical Association's nominating committee in 1994 and, in 1997 became the first chair of that organization's Committee on Minority Historians. He was a member of the Organization of American Historians' Committee on the Status of Minority Historians and Minority History from 1995 to 1998 and served as its chair in 1997. In 1994-1995, he was a member of the Yes to Writing a County Constitution Committee in Boone County, and is a lifetime member and served terms as second and first vice president of the Boone County Historical Society, a member of the Advisory Board of Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity, and served on the Columbia Public Schools Enrollment Planning Commission. Presently, he is a member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical Alliance Board of Directors.

Strickland's History of the Chicago Urban League was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1966 and reprinted by the University of Missouri Press in 2001. Louisiana State University Press published his edition of Lorenzo J. Green's diary, Working with Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History in 1989 and a second volume of Lorenzo J. Greene's diary,Working with Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History in 1989 and a second volume of Lorenzo J. Greene's diary, Selling Black History for Carter G. Woodson: A Diary, 1930-1933, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 1996. A reference book, The African American Experience: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Guide, was published by Greenwood Press in 2001. His essay, "The Strange Affair of the Boll Weevil: The Pest as Liberator," appeared in the Journal of Agricultural History in 1994, and, the same year, was reprinted in David O. Whitten, ed., Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin, 1793-1993. In 1996 his articles "The Schools Controversy and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago" appeared in The Historian, and "Lorenzo Johnston Greene's Book Selling Odyssey: Touring Arkansas in 1930, Memphis to Texarkana" was published in The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He contributed biographical essays on Lorenzo J. Greene to the Dictionary of Missouri Biography, University of Missouri Press, 1999, and on Roy Wilkins to American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press in 1999. His essay, "Remembering Hattiesburg: Growing Up Black in Wartime Mississippi," appeared in Neil R. McMillen, ed. Remaking Dixie: The Impact of World War II on the American South (1997). He wrote introductions to The AfricanAmerican Experience at the University of Missouri, 1950-1994, University of Missouri Columbia Black Alumni Association, in 1994; Eliot F. Battle, A Letter to Young Black Men: You won't Find Role Models on Street Corners, Tucker Publications, Inc., in 1997; and Marlene Perchinske, ed., Commitment: Fatherhood in Black America, University of Missouri Press in 1998.

During the final years of his active teaching career and the first years of retirement, Strickland was the recipient of several honors and awards. In 1994, he received the University of Missouri-Columbia's Byler Distinguished Professor Award and the St. Louis American's Educator of the Year Award. In 1995, he was awarded the Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award, and was placed in the Tougaloo College Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1997, he received an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and distinguished service awards from the State Historical Society of Missouri and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History. In 1999, he received the Carter G. Woodson Medal from the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture.

A room has been named in Strickland's honor in the Memorial Student Union, but perhaps the crowning honor was the establishment of the Strickland Endowed Professorship in African American History and Black Studies, which is now held by Dr. Wilma King.

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