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Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture to Feature Cornell Professor

Edward Baptist, Ph.D.

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of History will host its 29thAnnual Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture. Edward Baptist, Ph.D., professor of history at Cornell University, will present the keynote address about the deep roots of racialized policing. 

According to a 2018 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, police stops and use of force continue to be racially discriminatory, with predictable consequences for public trust of the police. A separate 10-year arrest trends report conducted by NCCU’s Juvenile Justice Institute in partnership with the Durham Police Departmentfound blacks were arrested a greater rate for misdemeanors in Durham than any other race/ethnicity. Despite the general trend of fewer overall misdemeanor arrests over time, blacks accounted for the majority of those arrested for misdemeanors across every category and demographic breakdown in every year of the project period.

The annual lecture honors Earlie Thorpe, Ph.D., who chaired NCCU’s Department of History from 1962 to 1973 and taught for 27 years until his death in 1989. As a notable history scholar, Thorpe published several important works of history, notably “The Mind of the Negro: An Intellectual History of Afro-Americans,” “Black Historians: A Critique,” and “The Old South: A Psychohistory.” 


2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019


North Carolina Central University

Hubbard-Totten Building Auditorium 

1801 Fayetteville Street

Durham, NC 27707

For questions and additional information, please contact Jerry Gershenhorn, Ph.D., at 919-530-7932 or jgershen@nccu.edu.


Published: Thursday, October 17, 2019
by Media Relations and Internal Communications Coordinator, Kia C Bell [ this function might malfinction on the test server ]
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