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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
English Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
All 4 Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Many Different Places
Favorite Quote:
She Who Laughs, Lasts.

Birthplace

Born:
1/17/1938
Birth Location:
Richmond, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
English Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
All 4 Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Many Different Places
Favorite Quote:
She Who Laughs, Lasts.

Birthplace

Born:
1/17/1938
Birth Location:
Richmond
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Biography

Educator Daryl Cumber Dance was born on January 17, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia to elementary school teacher Veronica Bell Cumber and entrepreneur Allen Cumber. Dance graduated from Ruthville High School in Ruthville, Virginia; and went on to earn her A.B. degree in English in 1957, and her M.A. degree in English in 1963, both from Virginia State College, now Virginia State University. She received her Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1971.

Dance was hired as an English teacher at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia in 1957. She remained at Armstrong until 1962, when she returned to her alma mater, Virginia State College, as an instructor of English. After obtaining her Ph.D. degree in 1971, Dance returned to Virginia State College for one year as an assistant professor of English. She left in 1972 to join the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor of English, becoming an associate professor of English in 1978, and obtaining full professorship in 1985. Between 1983 and 1984, Dance also served as the acting coordinator of the Afro-American Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1993, she joined the faculty of the University of Richmond as a professor of English. She was named the Sterling A. Brown Professor of English at Howard University in 2013. Dance served as the Jessie Ball duPont Visiting Scholar at the University of Richmond as well as the visiting professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dance authored nine books, including Shuckin' and Jivin': Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (1978), Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook (1986), Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1998), From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore (2002), and In Search of Annie Drew, the Mother and Muse of Jamaica Kincaid (2016). Dance also served on several boards and committees, including the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Editorial Board of Encyclopedia Virginia, the University Press of Virginia Board of Directors, the Board of Visitors at Virginia State University, and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada; in addition to her memberships in the American Folklore Society, the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Zora Neale Hurston Society, the Richard Wright Society, and the Virginia Folklore Society.

She received numerous awards for her work, including the VCU Arts and Sciences Lecturer Award, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education's Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, the Sister Circle Book Award for Outstanding Anthology, the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers Annual Conference, and The Sojourner Truth Award from The African American Studies Program of George Mason University. The Daryl Cumber Dance Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2012 by the College Language Association in Dance’s honor.

Daryl Cumber Dance was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 7, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the founding of Ruthville, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the history of Charles City, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her family's history in Charles City, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her maternal grandfather, Luther Winston Bell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her family's affiliation with Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her father's education and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers meeting her half-sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the founding of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about color discrimination within the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her early interest in storytelling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers enrolling at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her love of reading
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her childhood activities and trips
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her experiences at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers her professors at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the role of African Americans in the Civil War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance recalls her activities at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Daryl Cumber Dance recalls her first year of teaching at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the education and training of black teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her graduate education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers the mentorship of Joseph Jenkins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the works of William Faulkner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the representation of African American literaure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance recalls the prominent civil rights activists in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her experiences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers Houston A. Baker, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her dissertation on humor in African American folklore
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Daryl Cumber Dance recalls her decision to leave Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about developing courses on black folklore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the process of collecting folklore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her favorite stories from 'Shuckin' and Jivin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the practice of storytelling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers Richard M. Dorson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the response to her book, 'Shuckin' and Jivin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the folklore of the African diaspora
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes the differences between white and African American folklore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the comedy of Richard Pryor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her book, 'New World Adams: Conversations with Contemporary West Indian Writers'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the Mecklenburg Six, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the Mecklenburg Six, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about the public response to the Mecklenburg Six
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her book, 'Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about colloquialisms among African American women
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her recent books on African American folklore
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance remembers her student, Anand Prahlad
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her decision to leave Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her civic service
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Daryl Cumber Dance reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Daryl Cumber Dance talks about her recent projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Daryl Cumber Dance describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Daryl Cumber Dance narrates her photographs