Thomas L Bynum, Ph.D.
 Title: Chair
Associate Professor of History
 Dept: Black Studies
 Office: BH 137
 Phone: 216-523-7211
 Fax: 216-687-5446
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. BH 137, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Civil Rights, Student/Youth Activism, Black Power, Black Freedom Movement, Social Justice
Ph.D., African American History and American South, Georgia State University
Brief Bio:
I am the director of the Black Studies Program and associate professor of History at Cleveland State University. I teach introductory and upper division classes in Black Studies and History. My research and teaching areas include African American History with emphasis on the civil rights/black power movements and youth/student activism.

My first book project, NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1936-1965, which examined the activism of the NAACP youth councils and college chapters, was published by University of Tennessee Press in 2013. My book was also recognized by Choice and nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Award in 2014. Additionally, I have peer-reviewed publication and book reviews in scholarly journals, including the Journal of African American History, Journal of Southern History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and the Alabama Review.

I am currently working on a second book project, which examines the political activism of the Young Turks (young middle-class professionals) and their goal to steer the NAACP towards Black Power and wrest power from the organization's old guard (like Roy Wilkins) during the 1960s. The book is tentatively titled: New Guard versus Old Guard: Young Turks, Black Power, and the NAACP.
Honors and Awards:
Student Impact Award, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Middle Tennessee State University, 2016.

Samuel H. Shannon Distinguished Scholar, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, 2015.

Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 2014

Lillian Smith Book Award Nominee, 2014.

Geier Dissertation Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 2006- 2007.

Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Fellowship, Atlanta GA, 2006-2007.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Scholar, Harvard University W. E. B. Du Bois Civil Rights Institute, Cambridge, MA, 2006.
Research Interests:
African American History, Civil Rights/Black Power movements, and Youth/Student Activism
Teaching Areas:
African American History, Black Studies, Southern History, Civil Rights/Black Power movements, and Student/Youth Activism
Professional Affiliations:
Association for the Study of African American Life and History

National Council of Black Studies

Southern Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Cleveland Restoration Society
Professional Service:
Manuscript Reviewer:

Journal of Southern History

The Black Scholar Journal

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Freedom on My Mind, St. Martins and Bedford Press

American Studies Journal

University of Tennessee Press

Journal of American History

The American Union, 1789-1848, Prentice Hall

American Promise, St. Martins and Bedford Press

Created Equal, Longman Publishing Company
Community Service:
I am currently working with the Cleveland Restoration Society to establish a Civil Rights Trail in Cleveland, which will include 10 Civil Rights Markers throughout the city.
Research Grants:
"Building Bridges and Eradicating Barriers": How Mentoring Relationships Increase Minority Students Enrollment and Retention, $25,000 grant funded by the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; 2009.