Dr. Crystal A. deGregory
Dynamic Professional Historian + Passionate HBCU Advocate
Since shortly after arriving on the campus of the historic Fisk University as a freshman in the fall of 1999, I have had a growing loving affair with history. Sparked by Fisk’s renowned institutional history, and nurtured amid its community of caring family and staff who dedicate themselves to helping transform scores of unsure students into confident and competent graduates, it is no surprise that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are the principal subjects of my research. It is a duty that I happily assume and have fought hard not to shirk.
History matters. As a historian, I believe, teach and maintain in the face of all odds that while history is meant to serve many purposes, one of them is not for historians to produce unfeeling and/or uncritical narratives of the past. Teachers matter. As a teacher, what we believe, what we teach and what we write all matters. And what we believe, what we teach and what we write should matter to us. HBCUs matter. As an HBCU advocate, I believe in the transformative power of history and of education. I’ve been a witness to as well as the beneficiary of how the two can come together to change lives. As an HBCU student, they changed mine.
Thank you for visiting my website. It is my hope that your visit leaves you inspired.