Book Launch - Roses for the Soul: Celebrating the Life and Achievements or Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Cook Center

Cover Image of Roses for the SoulSamuel DuBois Cook was a brilliant scholar. The most decent of men. A humanist. A bridge builder. A truth teller. A trailblazer in white dominated higher education. Martin Luther King's soulmate. A fellow son of God. This volume celebrates all of these in the teacher and the mentor that was Dr. Cook - in the words of his students at Dillard and Duke University, who loved him back. He was "that teacher" to all of us. He remains our moral compass today. Our nation and our world miss his voice. In these essays, we do our best to reflect that voice for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. It's the least we can do. - Essayist Andy Burness

Conceived by Karen Cook, Andy Burness, and the Cook family, Roses for the Soul: Celebrating the Life and Achievements of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook includes remembrances and reflections from former students and individuals influenced by Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook’s visionary leadership, life, and teachings. Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook was a symbol and expression of the active quest for social justice and equality at Duke University. He had a distinguished record as a political scientist, scholar, educator, author, teacher, administrator, civil and human rights activist and public servant. A native of Griffin, Ga., he was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. M.E. Cook. He received a A.B. degree from Morehouse College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. He taught at Southern University, Atlanta University, the University of Illinois, UCLA and Duke University, where in 1966, he became the first African-American to hold a regular and/or tenured faculty appointment at a historically white southern college or university. Dr. Cook served 22 and a half years as president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. Upon his retirement in 1997, the Dillard board of trustees elected Dr. Cook President Emeritus.

The volume’s title, Roses for the Soul, was selected by Mrs. Sylvia F. Cook and references a speech Dr. Cook gave on the Duke University quad in 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The genuine warmth of the relationships Dr. Cook developed with students across his career lie at the heart of the tributes to him that people this volume.

Roses for the Soul is available for sale for $15.00 through The Gothic Bookshop at Duke University both in-store and online (direct link forthcoming).
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