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Returning to the Promise of Full Employment: A Federal Job Guarantee in the United States

The Cook Center and Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Monday, June 12, 2017
Returning to the Promise of Full Employment: A Federal Job Guarantee in the United States outlines the socioeconomic case for establishing a Federal Job Guarantee to fundamentally transform the U.S. labor market through the promise of inclusive economic opportunity. Co-authored by Darrick... Read More »

Life well lived: Educator and activist Samuel D. Cook dies at 88

Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, Sunday, June 11, 2017
Educator and activist Samuel DuBois Cook, who grew up with Martin Luther King, Jr. and served as president of Dillard University in New Orleans for 22 years, died May 29 at the age of 88. Watch the full segment here

Samuel D. Cook, Educator Who Pierced Campus Color Barriers, Dies at 88

The New York Times, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Samuel DuBois Cook, a lifelong educator who was widely saluted as the first tenure-track black professor appointed by a predominantly white university in the South since Reconstruction, died on May 29 at his home in Atlanta. A boyhood friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was 88. His... Read More »

How Schools, Parents And Organizations Are Trying To Close The Achievement Gap

1A - National Public Radio (NPR), Thursday, June 8, 2017
According to the latest Pew Research data, college graduation rates are up for Americans in nearly every racial and ethnic group. Last year, former President Barack Obama spoke about how crucial this is for the U.S. economy. “By 2020, two out of three job openings will require some form of... Read More »

In Memoriam: Samuel DuBois Cook, 1928-2017

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Samuel DuBois Cook, the first African American faculty member at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the long-time president of Dillard University in New Orleans, died on May 30. He was 88 years old. Dr. Cook was a native of Griffin, Georgia. He entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at... Read More »

Samuel DuBois Cook to be laid to rest Tuesday at Morehouse College

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Monday, June 5, 2017
When Samuel DuBois Cook was trying to convince his future father-in-law that he was worthy of his daughter, he would often show up at their home with a fresh melon.  It worked.  That was part of Cook’s southern and gentlemanly charm. A brilliant scholar, who after becoming the first... Read More »

Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook, former Dillard University president, dies

The Louisiana Weekly, Monday, June 5, 2017
On the 29th of May, 2017, the world lost a titan in education, when Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook died at the age of 88. Dr. Cook was a key figure in New Orleans; he guided Dillard University for 22 years as the school’s President from 1974 to 1997. In his time walking this earth, Samuel Cook was a man... Read More »

A scholar’s death, impending “Silent Vigil” anniversary, stir memories

The Herald Sun, Friday, June 2, 2017
In 1966, the year I began my student career at Duke University, a young political scientist joined the faculty. More than a century after the Civil War eradicated slavery, more than four decades after James B. Duke’s philanthropy birthed Duke from Trinity College, two years after the Civil... Read More »

Remembering Samuel DuBois Cook

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Higher education stalwart Dr.Samuel DuBois Cook, a political scientist and human rights activist, died Monday in Atlanta at age 88. Cook, a Morehouse College alum and classmate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is recognized as the first African-American to hold a tenure-track appointment at... Read More »

Samuel DuBois Cook, first black professor at Duke, dies at 88

Durham Herald Sun, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
DURHAM  The first African-American to hold a regular-rank, tenured post on Duke University’s faculty, Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, died Tuesday at age 88, campus officials said. He was the first black tenured professor at a predominantly white college or university in the formerly segregated... Read More »

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