Academic Historian

Walter David Greason is the Chief Executive Officer for the International Center for Metropolitan Growth, a firm that specializes in starting and attracting new businesses to markets in North America.  He also teaches world history, American history, and economic history at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.  His two books, Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey and The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey, connect undiscovered local elements of the black freedom movement with global trends in economic development.  In 1996, Greason was recognized as a contemporary Black History Maker for his work to advance racial integration at Villanova University.  In 2011, he was honored as an “International Master Teacher” for his innovative techniques in undergraduate student research.  His scholarship is available through his website,

T. Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)

T. Thomas Fortune—African American journalist, editor, and writer—was born into slavery on October 3, 1856 to Sarah Jane and Emanuel Fortune. Raised in Marianna, Florida, as a child he witnessed the politically-motivated violence of the Ku Klux Klan. Despite minimal formal education, Fortune worked in … Read MoreT. Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)