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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
A Contented Person Is A Disciplined Person.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1957
Birth Location:
Great Lakes, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
A Contented Person Is A Disciplined Person.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1957
Birth Location:
Great Lakes
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Biography

Award-winning historian and author, Cassandra Newby-Alexander was born on December 30, 1957 in Great Lakes, Illinois. She attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia and in 1980, she graduated with her B.A. degree in American government and African American studies from the University of Virginia. She went on to receive her professional teaching certificate from Norfolk State University in 1983, where she would later return to as an educator. That same year, she attended an international graduate summer school program at Oxford University. The following year, she completed her M.A. courses from Old Dominion University. In 1984, she was accepted into the Ph.D. program in history at the College of William and Mary, working as a graduate teaching assistant and earning a teaching fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in 1992. During that time, she also taught secondary school for Norfolk Public Schools in the subjects of AP history, psychology and foreign policy.

Newby-Alexander next became an assistant professor at Norfolk State University, teaching American Survey and Modern American and African American History. She also co-created televised courses for her classes. In 1995, she also became an educational consultant and annual contributor to Norfolk’s Afr'Am Festival, one of the largest African American community celebrations on the East coast. From 1995 until 2000, Newby-Alexander served as an educational consultant with the ETS for American History. Since 2008, she has worked as an oral historian for the Supreme Court of Virginia, documenting the history of retired justices and lawyers in the twentieth century.

Newby-Alexander has co-authored several books including Black America Series: Portsmouth and her latest Remembering School Desegregation in Hampton Roads, Virginia in 2009. She also co-edited the book, Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy in 2008. Also, she created the interactive websites Waterways to Freedom based on Virginia’s Underground Railroad Network and Race, Time, and Place dedicated to African American history in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She has won multiple honors including in 2005 when she was chosen by American Legacy magazine as one of the nation’s top teachers in African American history at a Historically Black College or University.

Cassandra Newby-Alexander was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 10, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cassandra Newby-Alexander's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls her mother's education and teaching career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about black figures and organization during the Reconstruction era
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls her paternal grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about her paternal grandmother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about the influence of her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her early understanding of the world
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers attending at Sherwood Forest Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls experiencing racism at Sherwood Forest Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers a fight at Sherwood Forest Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes the treatment of African American students in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers the misappropriation of funds in Virginia's public schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander reflects upon the lack of reparations to African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls Matthew Fontaine Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her political activism in junior high school and high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her history teacher, Robert Davenport
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes the importance of learning history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers the racism at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls the racist faculty at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her experiences at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers her coursework at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls her postgraduate education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers studying at Exeter College in Oxford, England
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander recalls her admittance to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about creating a pre-graduate summer history program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers writing her Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her research on Norfolk African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her research on government funded communities in Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about George Latimer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about George Latimer, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers Sheridan W. Ford, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers Sheridan W. Ford, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes the Henrietta Marie exhibit in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander reflects upon the complexity of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about her teaching experiences in Virginia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about her teaching experiences in Virginia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her students' reactions to her African American history course
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about her website
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about American Legacy Magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander remembers John Hope Franklin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander reflects upon the role of churches in the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes her hopes for American society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about her husband
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Cassandra Newby-Alexander describes how she would like to be remembered