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Leslie Burl McLemore recently received the W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, a professional organization for faculty and administrators at colleges and universities across the country.
The award named after the noted social scientist honors outstanding social and behavioral scientists and leaders who have made significant contributions to the greater knowledge, understanding and welfare of African Americans.
McLemore has spent more than 40 years teaching and leading at Jackson State University, most recently serving as interim president.
He has served the university in a variety of roles, such as former dean of the graduate school, founding chairman of the political science department and founding director of the office of research administration.
Today, he is director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, which he helped found in 1997. The organization promotes continued efforts to engage more people in being politically active.
He is leading scholar on civil rights. He served as vice chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s original delegation to the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Dr. McLemore’s undeniable passion for civil rights has led him to create a tremendous body of work in the field,” JSU President Carolyn Meyers said in a statement. “He has inspired so many young people to build a better world for all people. He is quite deserving of such a prestigious award. We are honored to claim him as our own at Jackson State.”
In addition to his work on campus, McLemore has been a civic leader serving 10 years on the Jackson City Council, including a stint as interim mayor.
McLemore earned a bachelor’s degree in social science and economics from Rust College, a master’s degree in political science from Atlanta University and a doctorate in government from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University and the Institute for Southern History at John Hopkins University.