Duke Flags Lowered: Samuel Dubois Cook, Duke's First African- American Faculty Member, Dies

May 31, 2017

Samuel DuBois Cook, the first African-American faculty member at Duke University whose career of scholarship and activism inspired numerous scholars and students of all backgrounds, died Tuesday. He was 88.

Through more than 60 years in higher education, Cook had a distinguished record as a political scientist, scholar, educator, author, teacher, administrator, civil and human rights activist and public servant.

"Samuel DuBois Cook was a devoted member of the Duke community who had a special place in Duke's history," said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead.  "A scholar of political science who was intimately involved with the leadership of the civil rights movement, he was the bearer of the vision of the beloved community and, throughout his life, worked for a society based on inclusion, reconciliation, and mutual respect for all. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife and family and express our gratitude for all he did for Duke." Read more here.

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