Merline Pitre

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Merline Pitre is a professor of history and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University. A former President of the Texas State Historical Association, Pitre is the first African American to head that august body. She has published four books: “Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: the Black Leadership of Texas 1868-1898”; “In Struggle against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957”; “Black Women in Texas History and Black Southern Women in the Civil Right Movement, 1954-1965”. Both of the latter books were co-edited with Bruce Glasrud and won the Liz Carpenter Award in 2008 and 2014 respectively.

Pitre currently serves as the Managing Editor of the “African American Handbook of Texas”, part of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) “Handbook of Texas” online encyclopedia. She is a Fellow of the Texas Historical and the East Texas Historical Association. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award given by the Association of Black Women Historians. In 2014, she won the TSU Presidential Achievement Medal for her work in teaching, research, and community service.

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