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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown, White
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Aim High, Reach For The Stars, Burn The Midnight Oil, And Give Life Your Best Shot.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1928
Birth Location:
Griffin, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown, White
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Aim High, Reach For The Stars, Burn The Midnight Oil, And Give Life Your Best Shot.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1928
Birth Location:
Griffin
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Biography

Retired Dillard University president and the first African American professor at Duke University, Samuel DuBois Cook, was born on November 21, 1928, in Griffin, Georgia. Cook’s parents were Mary Beatrice Daniel Cook and the Reverend M.E. Cook, a Baptist minister who instilled a passion for education in all of his children; this upbringing had a deep impact on Cook. Cook was given his middle name in honor of former Morehouse College president Dr. Charles DuBois Hubert. Cook attended Griffin Vocational High School and graduated from there in 1944; he went on to earn an A.B. degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he met and was mentored by Dr. Benjamin Mays. Cook then attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned his M.A. degree in political science and his Ph.D. in 1954.

Cook started his professional career as a teacher after a short stint in the U.S. Army; he taught political science at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1955. Cook then moved to Atlanta University where he began teaching in 1956, and became politically active. Cook worked on black voter registration and served as youth director of the NAACP of Georgia. During his career, Cook taught at other colleges and universities including the University of Illinois, University of California – Los Angeles, and Duke University, where he became the University’s first African American professor. Cook was also the first African American to hold a regular faculty appointment at a predominantly white university in the South. In 1974, Cook was chosen as president of Dillard University; he filled this role for twenty-two years, retiring in 1997. Cook was credited with beginning the modernization of Dillard University’s infrastructure.

In 1993, Dillard University honored Cook by naming the school’s new fine arts and communication center after him. That same year, Cook was elected by Duke University’s Board of Trustee as a Trustee Emeritus. Duke University again honored Cook with the establishment of the Samuel DuBois Cook Society 1997; the society aims to celebrate and support African American students at the university through programming and scholarships. In 2006, Duke University established a postdoctoral fellowship in Cook’s name to support social scientists that study issues related to race, ethnicity, and gender. In 2015, Duke dedicated the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity in his honor. Though retired, Cook remained a visiting scholar and lecturer at universities around the United States.

Cook passed away on May 30, 2017 at the age of 88.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Samuel DuBois Cook's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his father's commitment to education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the strict Baptist ban on dancing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the strict Christianity of Griffin, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his immediate family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls an early experience with racism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls an early experience with racism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls his father's warning not to work for whites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers his education as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the notable figures of Cabin Creek School in Griffin, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the closure of Cabin Creek School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls a financial barrier at Spring Hill School in Griffin, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers his influential teacher, George Mosby [ph.]
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers attending Griffin Vocational High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls the students at his high school who attended college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers deciding to attend Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls meeting Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook recounts memories of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls seeing Dr. Benjamin E. Mays at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls being elected student body president of Atlanta's Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his classmates Bob Johnson and HistoryMaker Lerone Bennett
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls his classmate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his academics at Atlanta's Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls his time at Columbus' The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka decision
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his political science dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes black academics' experience of racial discrimination in the 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls great thinkers at Baton Rouge's Southern University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls great thinkers at Baton Rouge's Southern University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls his political involvement in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls Atlanta's civil rights activists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls his relationship with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes the spontaneity of the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers the spontaneity of the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls teaching American government when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Samuel DuBois Cook explains the necessity of legal action in the fight for civil rights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Samuel DuBois Cook talks about Dixiecrats in the Democratic Party
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Samuel DuBois Cook's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes civil rights activism on Atlanta's college campuses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers notable figures of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook explains racism's relationship to religion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes W.E.B. Dubois' legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his academic focus
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers becoming a professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls being welcomed at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook reflects upon his stance on the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes the classes he taught at Duke University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook reflects on Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook recalls being honored by Duke University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers becoming president of New Orleans' Dillard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers emulating Dr. Benjamin E. Mays as Dillard University president, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers emulating Dr. Benjamin E. Mays as Dillard University president, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes aspects of his Dillard University presidency
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes the highlights of his Dillard University presidency
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Samuel DuBois Cook remembers his most outstanding students
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his activities after retirement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Samuel DuBois Cook reflects on his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes his wife and children
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Samuel DuBois Cook describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Samuel DuBois Cook reflects on his successes and perseverance