Derrick E. White The Ohio State University Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise African American and African Studies Civil Rights Movement Colonial and Post Colonial Africa Early American History Slavery in the Americas 20th Century American History Post-Emancipation Caribbean
An associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, Derrick E. White is the author of The Challengeof Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Acitivism in the 1970s. He is a scholar of modern Black history, sports history, and intellectual history. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Civil Rights and thePresidency from Nixon to Obama (2013) and is currently working on Blood, Sweat, and Tears: The Rise and Fall of Florida A.&M. Black College Football Dynasty, which would be among the first scholarly analysis of Black college football. He has published articles in the JournalJournal of African American History, the C.L.R. James Journal, the Journal of African American Studies, and the Florida Historical Quarterly.
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Derrick White earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University at 29. White was a dissertation fellow at the University of California-Santa Barbara Black Studies Department and was awarded the inaugural Julian Pleasants Visiting Scholar Grant at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.
He has emerged as a strong public scholar on Black politics, education, and history. White has been the keynote speaker for the African American Success Foundation, the Ft. Lauderdale African American Research Library and Cultural Center, the City of Delray Beach Martin Luther Day Breakfast, and other community events. He is also a board member of the Expanding and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage (EPOCH) of the Spady Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, which is the only African American Cultural museum in Palm Beach County, Florida.