Dr. Delores P. Aldridge
Dr. Delores P. Aldridge (CC ’63; AU ’66) is the Grace Towns Hamilton Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Emory University, the first distinguished chair named for a living African American woman and in African American Studies at a major institution. Dr. Aldridge was the first African American woman faculty member at Emory University, where she became the founding director of the first Black Studies degree granting program in the South in 1971, which she administered until 1990. In 2003, the Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Awards were inaugurated at Emory. This is one of three awards named for her, another being the Excellence Faculty/Staff Award at one of her alma maters, Clark Atlanta University.
She is the recipient of more than 100 awards and honors including the unprecedented two-term elected president of the National Council for Black Studies. She has also served as president of two other national organizations and consultant to more than 90 foreign governments, U.S. federal agencies, social agencies, educational institutions and foundations as well as corporate entities and is author or editor of more than 160 commentaries, monographs, articles and books.
She has guest edited special issues of Phylon: Review of Race and Culture, Journal of Black Studies, and Western Journal of Black Studies and authored two seminal works: Black Women and the Economic Marketplace: A Battle Unfinished (1974) and Toward Integrating Africana Women into Africana Studies (1992). Other work includes Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies, co-editor (2000) and editorial columns in The Chicago Tribune and USA Today.