Remembering Professor John H. Bracey, Jr.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Professor John H. Bracey, Jr. (1941–2023). Dr. Bracey was a lifelong Civil Rights activist and a leading figure in the field of Black studies, building one of the first departments of Afro-American Studies in the nation at UMass. UMass Press was honored to publish Bracey’s influential and field-defining work on Black social history, arts, and racial movements, including SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (coedited with James Smethurst and Sonia Sanchez), Strangers & Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (with Maurianne Adams), and African American Women and the Vote, 1937-1965 (with Ann D. Gordon, Bettye Collier-Thomas, Arlene Voski Avakian, and Joyce Avrech Berkman).

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