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The history department at Howard University has been honored with the 2019 American Historical Association Equity Award, in support of the association’s decades-old commitment to diversifying the historical profession.

Overall, the award recognizes individuals and institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the historical professions.

“The department of history is deeply honored that our generations-long efforts to mentor and train historically underrepresented students are being recognized by the most significant historical association in the country — we are both humbled and proud,” Nikki Taylor, professor and chair of the Howard University department of history, said in a statement. “Our students go on to make indelible impressions with research that illuminates inequality, oppression, and injustice, while also highlighting the courage, perseverance, creativity, and tenacity of humanity. That is our legacy.”

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