Five decades after Samuel Dubois Cook became the first African-American faculty member at Duke, the society named after him honored President Richard H. Brodhead and six others for their activism and community leadership at the society’s annual dinner Tuesday night.
The Samuel Dubois Cook Society was founded in 1997 to honor Cook as well as community members who follow his example of social activism and leadership. The society celebrates and affirms the presence of African American students, faculty, and staff at Duke.
For the society’s 20th anniversary, it gave a Distinguished Service Award to Brodhead, who is in his 13th and final year as university president. Presented by Benjamin Reese, vice president for institutional equity, the award cites Brodhead for “enriching undergraduate education and expanding Duke’s financial aid endowment,” among many other achievements.