Anthony Parent is Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies. He teaches American, African and World History. His scholarly focus areas are African America, Colonial America, and the History of Sexuality. His current research includes Virginia Slave society, a history of slave rebellion, and slavery and memory. He serves on the MESDA Advisory Board and is assisting their interpretation of rooms where Harriet Jacobs lived.
Parent is author of Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia): Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Press, 2003. http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-5005.html
and co-author of Old Dominion New Commonwealth (2007)
Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., and William G. Shade. Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007. Charlottesville, Virginia; University of Virginia Press, 2007. http://www.upress.virginia.edu/books/heinemann.HTM
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Dr. Philip J. Merrill is a nationally recognized expert in African American memorabilia and history. His specialties include African American historical research, oral history and collecting and interpreting cultural artifacts. He was an appraiser with the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow from 1996-2001, where he created the category for Black Memorabilia. He has lectured extensively on African American history and collectibles.
The owner of an extensive and eclectic collection of Black memorabilia comprised of over 30,000 items, Merrill has exhibited his collection widely at museums, universities and schools, national conferences and a variety of other settings. In his presentations he uses items from his collection to emphasize the accomplishments and positive contributions that African Americans have made to American society over the course of its history.
Merrill has authored two books, The Black America Series: Baltimore and The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia, and he is editor of The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway, a photo essay by William E. Griggs, a WWII Army photographer. He also has been a frequent contributor to a variety of publications, including Jubilee Magazine, Warman’s Today Collector, the Baltimore Sun and the Antiques Roadshow Insider.
He has been a segment producer for the television show American Legacy (produced by Tim Reid of New Millennium Studios Television), which focuses on African-American history, and a frequent guest on a number of TV and radio shows. He has also served as a consultant to the Discovery Channel, serving as an online expert resource for schoolchildren across the nation on the subject of slavery. He is currently a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute’s Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.
Frankie Roberts was born and raised in Wilmington NC, he went to private school in his early years (K-8th grade) and he graduated from John T Hoggard High School. He owned and operated a community-based barbershop for approximately 18 years where he received his formal education in community organizing, job development, relationship building, and individual/family counseling.
Mr. Roberts has been nominated the last two (2) years as the “Human Relations Man of Year”. In addition, in 2004, he was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Winston-Salem State University (alumni chapter).
Since 2000, Mr. Roberts has been the Executive Director of Leading Into New Communities (LINC) Inc., an agency that provides shelter and services for men and women returning from prison.
Mr. Roberts founded LINC, Inc. after he lost his brother to incarceration and addiction. LINC's mission is to provide shelter and services to men and women who have been released from local jails, state and/or federal prisons, and on occasion young adults who have been released from detention centers. Additionally, LINC provides services for children who are at risk due to parental incarceration. LINC has successfully help reintegrate over 472 men and women who have been released from prison since 2002; only forty six (46) has returned to date. Mr. Roberts’ long term goal is to cultivate LINC to become a Reformation Academy for ex-offenders and their families.
In 2006, LINC, Inc. has received “Public Organization of the Year (Non-Public Sector)” by the Public Administration Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Presently, he is the Chairman of the Department of Social Services’ Board of Directors, member of Criminal Justice Partnership Board, member of Cancer Outreach Board through New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and past member of the Juvenile Crime Commission.
Mr. Roberts is a former candidate for North Carolina House of Representatives.
Mr. Robert’s goal for the State of North Carolina is to return the government’s influence back to the hardworking citizens.
Dr. French received his B.A. (Wake Forest) and M.A. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) before joining Wake Forest's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After two years he joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In 1999, he returned to UNC-CH to complete his doctoral degree in Communications Studies. In 2004, Dr. French joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA where he served as Assistant Professor of Communications. In 2009, he returned to Wake Forest where he serves as Director of the Magnolia Scholars Program and is a member of the Office of the Dean of Wake Forest College.
Educated in North Carolina public schools, Elizabeth Redenbaugh earned both an undergraduate and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an attorney with Redenbaugh & Risser, PLLC. Elizabeth has demonstrated her commitment to the children and families of New Hanover County through her service as president of the Junior League of Wilmington in 2004-05, as a member of Parsley Elementary School’s Site Based Management Team and PTA Board of Directors, and as a member of the New Hanover County Council of PTA’s Executive Board.