Clifford D. Watson is the principal of the Malcolm X Academy, an Elementary School
serving grades K-8 in Detroit, Michigan.
Geneva Smitherman Educating African-American Males
DR. GENEVA SMITHERMAN is University Distinguished Professor Emerita,
Department of English, Co-Founder, Core Faculty and former Acting Director, African
American and African Studies, and Core Faculty, African Studies Center, at Michigan
State University (MSU), in East Lansing, Michigan. She began her life-long commitment
to the education and development of Black youth while still a teenager, serving as a high
school teacher of English and Latin in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). Early on, in
her work in the academic vineyards of Black Studies, students dubbed her ""Dr. G,"" in
recognition of her academic accomplishments-""Dr.""-and in celebration of her having
remained their girl-""G."" She proudly answers to and is nationally and internationally
known as both ""Dr. G"" and ""Dr. Smitherman."" Dr. Smitherman is author and editor/coeditor
of 15 books and monographs and over 125 articles, essays, and published opinion
pieces. In 2006, she published Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans.
Her latest work, Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language and Race in the U.S.