Samuel DuBois Cook

Samuel DuBois Cook was the first African-American tenured faculty member at Duke University in 1966, teaching in the Political Science department. He later served as president of Dillard University from 1975 to 1997, and was also a member of the Duke Board of Trustees. In this interview, Cook discusses his career, including the controversy around his hiring at Duke, as well as his relationship with notable figures of the civil rights movement throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Cook was interviewed in Durham on February 20, 1998, by Professors of History Bill Chafe and Raymond Gavins, and Professor of Political Science Sheridan W. Johns. This interview was transcribed and annotated by Alan Ko.

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