Indispensable Role of Blacks at JHU announces Class of 2021

The six honorees will be inducted virtually on June 18, along with those recognized in 2020

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The JHU Black Faculty and Staff Association has announced the selection of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gregory Branch, Carlina Carter, Victor Dates, James Davis, and Frank Spellman as the 2021 inductees to be included in the Indispensable Role of Blacks at JHU project.

The digital exhibit is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Office of the President, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It recognizes the Black students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to the university's rich history and who have brought honor to Johns Hopkins through their achievements. It has been co-chaired for the past nine years by Sharon Morris and Anita Norton.

The 2021 class is composed of an alumna and award-winning author (Adichie), a respected faculty member in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Baltimore County health director (Branch), an admired department administrator (Carter), an alumnus and university leader (Dates), and two alums who became trailblazing physicians (Davis and Spellman). Detailed profiles of the six honorees will be available in May on the BFSA website.

In addition to choosing this year's inductees, the Indispensable Role of Blacks at JHU selection committee has worked in collaboration with two other university projects: Adichie is featured in the Women of Hopkins project, and Davis has been selected to be included in the Hopkins Retrospective Oral History project.

The induction ceremony will be held virtually this year, on June 18. As last year's ceremony was postponed because of campus closure owing to COVID-19, the ceremony will also include the Class of 2020 inductees: Betty Hall Addison, innovative public health careers coach; Janice Bowie, creator of pathways and opportunities in public health; posthumously, David Boxer, distinguished scholar and champion of Jamaican art; and Ralph Bromery, tireless educator, benefactor, and explorer.

Profiles of all 73 previous inductees can be found on the exhibit's website. To nominate individuals for the next class, use the Indispensable Role of Blacks at JHU nomination form. Nominations are open through October.

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