Cheryl Mango, PhD
Ph.D., History, Morgan State University, 2016
M.A., History, Louisiana Tech University, 2012
B.A. History, Grambling State University, 2009
B.A. Political Science, Grambling State University, 2009
Research and Teaching Interest
American Presidents and Black Colleges, Federal and Private Funding to HBCUs, African Diasporic Historical Narratives and Social Media, African Diasporic History, African-American History, Twentieth-Century US History, Public and Archival History
Courses Regularly Taught
- HIST 492-Historical Pathways and Careers
- HIST 392-Public History
- HIST 381-Black Women’s History in the Americas
- HIST 380-African Diasporic History
- HIST 349-HBCU History
- HIST 348-Islam in the African American Experience
- HIST 347-Black Voices in American History
- HIST 346-History of the Black Religious Experience
- HIST 343-History of Black Education in the U.S.
- HIST 341-African American History from 1865 to Present
- HIST 340-African American History to 1865
- HIST 275-History of Africa Since 1800
- HIST 273-History of the Caribbean
- HIST 243-Hip Hop History
- HIST 123-U.S. History After 1865
- HIST 115-World History Since 1500
Representative Scholarly Activity
- “The HBCU Revolution: Desegregation, Disintegration, Collaboration, and Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Decision to Give Black Colleges their Own White House Office.” Journal of Federal History (April 2022).
- "Black College Renaissance: My Decision to Create the First HBCU History Course and 2020 Proposal for Interdisciplinary HBCU Studies Curriculums, En Masse." Di-Kan: The Journal of HBCU Leadership (December 2020).
- “Black Radicalism, Black Consciousness, Black History, Black Liberation, Black YouTube: A New Age Revolution.” In From Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience, edited by Joshua Farrington and Gwen Graham. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, 2020.
- “Respectability,” in Steven A. Reich, editor, The World of Jim Crow: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, (Santa Barbara CA: Greenwood Press, 2019)
- “Afrocentricity and Religion”, in Douglas Thomas and Temilola Alanamu, editors, African Religions: Beliefs and Practices through History, (Santa Barbara CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018)
- “Oprah Winfrey,” coauthor, in Jessie C. Smith and Lean’tin Bracks, editors, Encyclopedia of African American Business: Updated and Revised, (Denver, CO: Greenwood, 2017)
- “High Black Pressure! Major Issues and Controversies that Led to Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Creation of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Dissertation: Dr. Debra Newman Ham, Dissertation Chair (Fall 2016, Morgan State University: Baltimore, MD)
- “Mary McLeod Bethune,” coauthor, in Jessie C. Smith and Lean’tin Bracks, editors, Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era, (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013)
- “Teaching African American History in the #BlackLivesMatter Era.” Pathways to Democracy, 2021 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Conference: Chicago, IL (April 15-18, 2021)
- “Virginia State University Possibly Offering Nation’s First-Ever History Course on HBCUs.” Television News Special Segment, NBC 29 News Richmond, VA (September 4, 2020)
- “VSU Offering Groundbreaking HBCU History Course.” Television News Special Segment, ABC 8 News, Richmond, VA (August 28, 2020)
- “New HBCU History Course Next Frontier for Black Colleges.” Television News Special Segment, CBS 6 News, Richmond, VA (August 20, 2020)
- “A History of Institutional Racism from Christopher Columbus to the Present.” Teachable Moments Keynote Speaker: Avis Beasley Community Outreach Group. Orange County, VA (July 30, 2020)
- “Reclaiming Our Time: The 200,000 Year African American Historical Trajectory.” Black History Program Keynote Speaker: State Farm Correctional Complex Deep Meadow. State Farm, VA (February 25, 2020)
- “A Period of Reclamation: Black History and Black Mental Health?” Black History Month Commemoration. Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (February 17, 2020)
- “A Critical Alliance: HBCUs and Reparations for Descendants of Enslaved Blacks in America” Brown Bag Presentation Keynote Speaker: Virginia State University Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Petersburg, VA (February 12, 2020)
- “Black Abolitionists Perspectives During Slavery” Slavery In My State Debate Keynote Speaker: Reynolds Community College. Richmond, VA (February 10, 2020)
- “African American Male and Female Relationships Through an African Cultural Lens” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Gamma Chapter Women’s Empowerment Forum. Panelist. Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (February 4, 2020)
- “The Relationship Between Black Politics and Black History” Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Virginia State University Undergraduate Chapter Red Table Talk Series. Panelist, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (October 28, 2019)
- “Unlikely Alliances: Presidents Carter’s and Reagan’s Decisions to Give HBCUs Their Own White House Office” Third Annual Conference on African American and African Diaspora Studies, Benjamin A. Quarles Humanities and Social Science Institute: Baltimore, MD (November 8, 2019).
- “Should Blacks Consider Separation?” National Spokesperson, Dr. Ava Muhammad Nation of Islam Town Hall Meeting, Faith Community Baptist Church, Richmond, VA, Panelist, (June 15, 2019)
- “What Is College? & How & When Do I Get There?” Skipwith Academy’s Youth College Day Guest Speaker, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, (April 25, 2019)
- “Black YouTube, Black Natural Hair, and the Potential Decline of the African-American Beauty Shop.” Annual Conference on Social Justice: Modernization and Globalization in the 21st Century, Virginia State University: Petersburg, VA (April 11-12, 2019)
- “Understanding the African-American Journey As A Source for Enlightenment and Power.” Black History Program Keynote Speaker: State Farm Correctional Complex Deep Meadow, State Farm, VA (February 26, 2019)
- “1619-2019: 400 Years of African American History… Where Do We Go From Here?” Black History Month Commemoration, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (February 21, 2019)
- “The Diverse Significance of HBCUs: Honoring and Protecting the Black College Legacy” Freshman Assembly Black History Month Speaker, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, (February 18, 2019)
- “Black Radicalism, Black Consciousness, Black History, and Black YouTube: A New Age Revolution” Black Antislavery and the Atlantic World Conference, College of Charleston: Charleston, SC (February 8-10, 2019)
- “Is Voting An Effective Solution For Ending Black Suffering? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Gamma Chapter Voter Efficacy and Participation Forum. Guest Speaker, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (November 27, 2018)
- “High Black Pressure! Racial Tension, Political Friction, and Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Creation of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” National Association of African American Studies Conference, Dallas, TX (February 15, 2018).
- President’s Office Designee, Grambling State University, United States Commission on Civil Rights Barriers to the Ballot Official Testimony (November 15, 2017).
- “Remembering, Evaluating, and Interpreting Black History at Black History Programs,” Beauregard Parish NAACP Program, February 2018, DeRidder, LA.
- “Contemplating the Implicit Declaration of Black-Self Love in Martin Luther King, Jr’s Philosophy,” MLK Community Commemoration, DeRidder, LA (2017)
- “Historical Fact or Fiction in Black Friday Social Media Memes,” News Television Special Segment, KSLA News 12, Monroe, LA (2016)
- “The White House Initiative on HBCUs and Virginia State Achieving ‘University’ Status,” Virginia State University History Department, Petersburg, VA (2015).
- “K-12 Journey to Careers Through a HBCU Education,” DeRidder High School Journey to Careers Classes, DeRidder, LA (2015). “K-12 Journey to Careers Through a HBCU Education,” DeRidder Jr. High School Journey to Careers Classes, DeRidder, LA (2015). “Social Justice and HBCUs,” Ebonite Culture Unlimited Club Inc. MLK Commemoration, DeRidder, LA (2015).
- “Valuing and Reinvesting Into Your HBCU Education,” Grambling State University History and Political Science Departments, Grambling, LA (2015). “
- Keep Black History Accurate and Alive By Creating and Maintaining a Church Archives,” Archival Workshop, Norris Memorial Church of God In Christ, DeRidder, LA (2013).
- “Yes, Lord!: Mary McLeod Bethune’s Religious and Political Crusade for Black Freedom,” Panel: “God- Politics: The Spiritual Motivations of Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Lillie Carol Jackson,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference, Jacksonville, FL (2013).
- “Yes, Lord!: African-American Religious Resistance During Slavery,” Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, McGinty Trust, and Louisiana Tech’s History Department Black History Lecture, Ruston, LA (2012).
- “The Vital Role of African-Centeredness in Community College African-American History Education,” Community College of Baltimore County—Essex History Department, Essex, MD (2012).
- “Making Good Your ‘Justice for All’ Pledge of Allegiance,” DeRidder High School Black History Program, DeRidder, LA (2012).
- “More Than Transcending Race and Football: Eddie Robinson and the Stabilization of Grambling State University,” Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Paper Conference, Grambling, LA (2011).
- “Honoring Your African Heritage, While Inspiring Change,” Ebonite Culture Unlimited Club Inc. MLK Commemoration, DeRidder, LA (2010).
- “Different Shades of Communism: Examining the Political Styles of Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev,” Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Paper Conference, Ruston, LA (2009).
Representative Service Activity
- History Club, Advisor
- Campus Curlz, Inc. at VSU, Co-Advisor