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Atlanta Metropolitan State College
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African American history, women & gender, black power, Pan-Africanism
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About Me

Kenja McCray is an Associate Professor of History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) where she teaches U.S. and African American history. She earned a B.A. from Spelman College, an M.A. from Clark Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in history at Georgia State University.  Various interdisciplinary perspectives influence her research, from gender, social justice activism, and the black freedom struggle to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Dr. McCray has published works such as “Cultural Nationalism,” featured in the Black Power Encyclopedia: From “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings, and “Oyotunji Village” on Among her SoTL publications are “Dream Big,” in Focus on College Success. Her current work includes a book chapter on black power in Florida.

The recipient of several awards, including the Georgia State University John A. Alexander Memorial Award and the Association of Black Women Historians’ Drusilla Dunjee Houston Award, Dr. McCray has served as a guest lecturer and panelist speaking on topics like women’s activism and leadership. She has been featured in such media outlets as Atlas Obscura and “Woman Speak” radio show with Wiatta Freeman on WRFG Atlanta.

Recent Publications

Book Manuscript- McCray, Kenja. From Complements to Kazi Leaders: Women Activists in Kawaida-Influenced Cultural-Nationalist Organizations, 1965-1987 (in progress).

Article- Todd, Curtis L. Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray. “Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in Online Course Environments: Techniques and Instructional Strategies.” International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design 9, no. 1 (2019).

Encyclopedia Entries – “Congress of African People,” “Cultural Nationalism,” and “Kalamu ya Salaam.” In From “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings: Black Power Encyclopedia, edited by Karin L. Stanford, Akinyele Umoja, and Jasmin A. Young. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood (forthcoming July 2018).

Book Review- McCray, Kenja. Review of We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, by Russell Rickford. The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 9, iss. 2 (2016): 276-278.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Women