Dr. Kevin McGruder, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History at Antioch College, has recently completed his second, sole-authored book, Philip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem, which will be published next year by Columbia University Press. The book focuses on the life and successes of Philip A. Payton, Jr. who formed the Afro-American Realty Company in 1903 and, through the media, branded Harlem as a place where black people could live and assembled black investors to begin buying property in the then-predominately white, urban area. It is a follow-up to Kevin’s 2015 book, Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890 to 1920, and stems from his longheld interest in community formation and urban history.
Previously, he worked for many years in nonprofit community development, holding positions such as Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, as well as embarking on two entrepreneurial ventures that helped celebrate Harlem.
Kevin was also recently featured in the PBS documentary Trump’s path to the presidency—and the remaking of the Republican Party, where he reflects on Donald Trump’s history with racial issues and how racist stereotypes helped him during his campaign and presidency.
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Friends of Antioch College will be pleased to learn that Antioch Engaged, a journal of social practice and professional engagement for the Antioch community, will be receiving some much-needed attention during the 2020-2021 school year. My name is Sara Marsh and I have recently been hired as the first student blog editor for Antioch Engaged under the Antioch Works program, which provides meaningful campus jobs for every incoming student. Along with Richard Kraince, Luisa Bieri, and Beth Bridgeman, I will be working to edit and publish the backlog of student co-op stories, as well as write spotlight pieces to give students and faculty well-deserved attention.
Besides writing and editing, my interests include education, law, and gender studies, and I plan to pursue a psychology-focused self-designed major. Prior to Antioch, I lived in Lexington, Kentucky where I attended Bluegrass Community and Technical College while enrolled in high school. As is true now, when I wasn’t in class, I could be found in the library, writing and listening to music.
As a first-year Antioch student, I have not yet had the opportunity to go on a co-op, but I am excited about hearing all of your stories. I am looking forward to a great year and meeting many new people. Please feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions regarding Antioch Engaged or if you know of any interesting experiences that Antioch faculty and students are having!
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