Thursday, May 30

Humanitarian Director: Dr. Julius Wayne Dudley

Dr Dudley

Dr. Julius Wayne Dudley, now professor emeritus of history at Salem State University and former vice president of the Phelps Stokes Fund, has spent much of his adult life pursuing academic excellence and promoting social activism for all. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 29, 1944, Dudley, the eldest of nine children, of Julius and Ethel Hanson-Dudley, both of whom were also born and reared in Georgia through its Jim Crow history, included the periods of share cropping and other forms of “slavery by another name.” The Dudley parents wanted a better life for their children an encouraged them to pursue education as a means to truly liberate themselves from racial oppression His mother read to him at an early age and thereby providing him with a sound foundation to later pursue his educational and professional objectives as well as humanitarian engagements. As a youth, he attended the public school systems of Atlanta and Smyrna, Georgia, graduating from Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington high school in 1962. Within the next four years, he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as an exchange student and graduated from Morris Brown College in 1966, and in the subsequent three years he completed a certification in early childhood education from the University of Georgia and completed his master’s degree in American history from Atlanta University (now Clark University). Over the next ten years, Dudley completed his certifications in African and African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin and in the military history at West Point Academy as well as completing his requirements for the Ph.D. in history from the University of Cincinnati. Afterwards, he pursued additional training in higher education, which was the completion of a second master’s  degree from Harvard University (1985) in the area of administration, planning, and social policy, and three years later, another credential from the Harvard University Extension School in the area, primarily focusing on administration.
And in addition to earning degrees, Dr. Dudley taught in the Atlantic public school system beginning in1966 and became a university professor / administrator from1969 until his retirement in 2002. Over a period of thirty years, he was the first director / professor of African-American Studies at the University of South Florida, coordinator / professor of history at Morris Brown College, as well as professor at the University of Dayton, Emerson College, Boston College, Fitchburg State, Salem State and the University of Lowell. In these educational and social environments, Dudley marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other icons of the Civil Rights movement such as Congressman John Lewis, and Hosea Williams during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Dudley continued to support these efforts, but embraced other progressive movements, which included freedom for Africa, especially South Africa. As a grass roots effort, involving thousands of Americans, especially the youth, Dudley sent over three million books to primarily to Africa, focusing on South Africa initially. His non-profit organization later delivered thousands of books, and sometimes computers, to Ghana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Egypt and Kenya. And to a lesser extent, he coordinated books / medical projects to children and educators in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Philippine Islands and Kyrgyzstan.
In conjunction with Dudley's educational projects, tens of thousands of children and educators in America as well as other foreign countries supported his efforts over a period of nine years with assistance and help from several prominent individuals, such as Archbishop Tutu and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, United States Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, and William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts. Also several professional and civic organizations including fraternities and sororities, played critical roles in achieving Dudley’s mission in the collection, shipping  and distribution of these books and other educational items to underserved schools and libraries and countries heretofore mentioned above.
While contributing much to the education to children on the international level, he has continued work locally with young people and educators in the inner cities of America in coordination with other organizations to promote education among the children in our schools for others to benefit humanity. While giving to others, throughout much of his career Dudley has added to the body of knowledge from his professional training in history and race relations. Most of his publications, both published and unpublished, have been cited as footnotes in hundreds of scholarly publications. One such publication was Phylon, a prestigious scholarly journal of Atlanta University, giving a brief study of Racism and Nazism in Atlanta during post World War II -- this scholarly article is listed in the name of  J. Wayne Dudley ”’Hate’ Organizations of the 1940’s: The Columbians, Inc.” that has been cited in several books, articles, and other manuscripts. His work on lynching and anti-lynching organizations are major contributions on the subject matter which has garnered much scholarly recognition. And also, much has been written about Dudley’s contribution to literacy and education in Africa with hundreds of newspapers, stories, and coverage including the well known publications as the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Daily  world, and Atlanta Constitutional Journal, New York Amsterdam, as well as well as several major newspapers in Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa. .
Because of his lifetime of service to others, Dr. Julius Wayne Dudley has garnered numerous recognitions / awards from several prominent individuals organizations and institutions over several decades. To mention a few are "Resolution to Dr. Julius Wayne Dudley, Missing and Murdered Children of Atlanta,City of Tampa, Florida", 1981;International Rotary Clubs of America / South Africa, "The Paul Harris Award", 1999; Boston  Association of United Nations (Award for special Recognition, 1995);  Prince Hall Mason -32nd Degree; U.S. Congressional Records -1988 U.S. Congressman Joseph Moakley  of Massachusetts; Resolution, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1989; “A Tribute to Dr. Wayne Dudley”; Resolution City of Boston, 1994; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Georgia Washington Carver Award, Eastern Region, 1999 in Philadelphia; Georgia State Senate, Resolution year 2002; member of the Georgia Advisory Committee to the United States Commission,  and most recently Harvard University Extension School  headline story in the “Harvard Gazette” citing Dudley as the recipient of the 2018 Dean Michael Shinagel Award for Service, for the year of 2018. However for him, Dudley's letters from hundreds of educators and students from Africa and other parts of the world are among his most cherished moments of recognition that he will never forget.  For additional information concerning his many personal and professional contributions to society, on can Google his name and find several biographies which contains information not included in this one.