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Sociology Department at Washington State University Award Statement

Over the last 50 years the Sociology Department at Washington State University has exemplified the spirit of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award (D-J-F) by actively recruiting, mentoring, and producing outstanding African American scholars. In what remains an unmatched level of accomplishment, Washington State University’s Sociology Department has graduated more than 25 African American PhDs. In classic D-J-F tradition, an overwhelming number of these scholar/activists have gone on to profoundly shape race and inequality scholarship and have attained key leadership roles in non-profits, government agencies, and our regional and national professional organizations. The cumulative impact that this institution has had on shaping African American scholarship has been an absolutely monumental and a living tribute to the pioneering scholarship and social activism of W.E.B DuBois, Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier.