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Wilfred D. Samuels

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Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
African American Studies Professor

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2/7/1947
Birth Location:
Puerto Limon,

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Category:
CivicMakers
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Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
African American Studies Professor

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2/7/1947
Birth Location:
Puerto Limon
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Biography

Distinguished professor Wilfred D. Samuels was born in 1947 in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, to Lena and Noel Samuels. Samuels earned his B.A. degree in English and Black Studies at the University of California, Riverside. In 1974, he went on to earn his M.A. degree in American Studies and African American Studies from the University of Iowa. He continued his education by receiving his Ph.D. in American Studies and African American Studies.

In 1978, Samuels was hired at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he served until 1985. Then, in 1985, Samuels served as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado and the Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M in Texas. In 1987, Samuels joined the faculty of the University of Utah, where he is Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies, Director of the African American Studies Program, and Acting Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Program.

In 1993, during the annual conference of the American Literature Association (ALA), Samuels founded the African American Literature and Culture Society (AALCS) in order to encourage the contextual research of African American Studies. The AALCS has presented several conferences including showcases introducing new poets and writers. Samuels has lectured in England, Africa, Japan and throughout Southeast Asia and has received many awards and recognitions including: the Ramona Cannon Award; the Students Choice Award and the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes his elementary school experiences in Pasadena, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wilfred D. Samuels recalls his early athletic interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wilfred D. Samuels remembers his early education teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes his decision to attend Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wilfred D. Samuels recalls his professors at the University of California, Riverside
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about the Black Arts Movement in Riverside, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wilfred D. Samuels remembers early African American literature and publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about California's Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wilfred D. Samuels remembers the Afro Caribbean writers of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes his relationship with Amy Jacques Garvey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wilfred D. Samuels recalls his dissertation at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about Claude McKay's poem, 'If We Must Die'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes the different interpretations of Claude McKay's 'If We Must Die'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about his teaching career and mentors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about his teaching career and mentors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes his recruitment to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wilfred D. Samuels remembers Wallace Thurman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about Wallace Thurman's critique of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes productions of Wallace Thurman's works
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wilfred D. Samuels talks about his conference, Looking Back with Pleasure II: A Celebration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wilfred D. Samuels reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wilfred D. Samuels describes how he would like to be remembered