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2024 Black History Month

Featuring: Dr. Matthew F. Delmont Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of International Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History
Dartmouth College

Commentator: Dr. Tara T. Green CLASS Distinguished Professor and
Chair of African American Studies University of Houston

Monday, February 5, 2024
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Central This event is in person and virtual and will be followed by a reception


Approved for 1.25 hours of Texas MCLE credit
6:30PM-7:45PM CLE Credit hours

John M. O'Quinn Law Building
Danny M. Sheena Courtroom Reception to follow in the Foundation Room
4170 Martin Luther King Blvd Houston, TX 77204-6060


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Dean Baynes


Leonard M. Baynes, J.D. 
Dean, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair, and Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

Leonard M. Baynes, now the longest serving law dean in Texas, made history in 2014 with his appointment as the first dean of African descent, of the University of Houston Law Center.

During his deanship, the UH Law Center’s entering credentials increased from a median LSAT score of 159 to 161 and a median GPA of 3.47 to 3.73 while ethnic/racial representation increased from 35.6% to more than 44.3%. Women constitute more than 53.4% of the class. Also, the ultra-modern $93 million state-of-the-art John M. O’Quinn Law Building opened for the fall 2022 semester. Dean Baynes initiated an award-winning Pre-Law Pipeline Program designed to create more opportunities for first-generation, economically challenged, and under-represented college students.

In 2020, Dean Baynes was named to the Lawyers of Color Power List by the Lawyers of Color Foundation. In 2022, he was recognized by the AALS with the Clyde Ferguson Award and by his alma mater, Columbia University School of Law, with the Paul Robeson Award. Dean Baynes has written more than 35 law review articles and in 2020 published a casebook entitled Communication Law in the Public Interest with Wolters Kluwer.

Dr. Matthew Delmont


Matthew F. Delmont, Ph.D.
Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of International Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History
Dartmouth College

Dr. Matthew Delmont is the author of Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers and Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad. He was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to showcase the historical value of the stories of both famous and ordinary Black Americans. The result, Black Quotidian, is an archive of digitized Black American newspapers that examines the everyday lives of Black Americans in the twentieth century. Much like The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Black newspapers allowed readers to learn, study, and teach Black history year round, not just in February. Black Quotidian won the American Studies Association’s Garfinkel Prize for its exceptional work at the intersection of American Studies and Digital Humanities. In his book, Half American, Dr. Delmont analyzes the history of Black Americans who fought bravely abroad in a segregated military during World War II, and returned home to battle white supremacy in America. Half American has been awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for non-fiction.

Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He is a frequent contributor to The New York TimesThe Atlantic, Washington Post, and NPR, among several other academic journals. Dr. Delmont graduated from Harvard University, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Brown University. At Dartmouth College, he serves as an advisor to the President for faculty diversity. Prior to Dartmouth College, Dr. Delmont taught at Scripps College, where he was awarded 2011 Professor of the Year, and was the Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He was awarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award in 2020.

Tara T. Green


Tara T. Green, Ph.D.
CLASS Distinguished Professor and
Chair of African American Studies
University of Houston

Tara T. Green is CLASS Distinguished Professor and Chair of African American Studies at the University of Houston where she also has an appointment in the Department of English. She holds degrees in English and her areas of specialty intersect with gender and Black parent-child relationships and/or Black leadership, activism, and liberation.

Inspired by her Southern upbringing, Dr. Green is a lover of storytelling. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she worked with librarians to expand the archival presence of the local Black community, including interviews with Black Lives Matter protestors and organizers for the Triad Black Lives Matter collection. She is the author and editor of six books. Her book A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men received the 2011 Outstanding Scholarship in Africana Studies Award from the National Council for Black Studies. In 2018, she published Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song. She has edited two books, From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature and Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature. In 2022, she published See Me Naked: Black Women Defining Pleasure During the Interwar Era (Rutgers UP) and Love, Activism and The Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson (Bloomsbury), which look specifically at how Black women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century navigated the politics of respectability to live on their own terms.

Moving beyond her research, she has received several service and educators’ awards. Dr. Green is from the New Orleans suburban area.