Glasker Earns Visionary Leader Award from the Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP

Wayne Glasker, an associate professor of history at Rutgers–Camden, was honored with a Visionary Leader Award from the Camden County East chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the chapter’s Freedom Fund Awards ceremony held on April 20.

The award was accompanied by a joint legislative commendation from New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District, as well as a proclamation from Freeholder Louis Cappelli Jr. and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Glasker blackboardFreedom Fund Awards are bestowed to individuals who have made a positive impact in their community by taking a stand and supporting equality, righteousness and a sense of community. Glasker was recognized for excellence in teaching and leadership in education.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the NAACP,” says Glasker, adding that he was nominated by former Rutgers–Camden students who are today leaders in their respective fields.

A member of the history department at Rutgers–Camden since 1991, Glasker served as the director of the African American Studies Program from 1998 to 2011. His scholarship focuses on African American and 20th century U.S. history, specializing in the subjects of slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, race and ethnicity, and the civil rights movement. He currently teaches a graduate colloquium.

A prolific writer, Glasker is the author of Black Students in the Ivory Tower: African American Student Activism at the University of Pennsylvania, 1967-1990. He is also a contributor to The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, and a frequent reviewer for Choice Magazine.  He is currently working on a new book about Malcolm X and James Baldwin, and their impact on the civil rights movement.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Glasker currently resides in Lansdowne, Pa. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in history and sociology in 1980 and a Ph.D. in American studies in 1995.

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