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Dr Kelisha B Graves

Chief Research, Education, and Programs Officer

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

As well as being the Chief Research, Education, and Programs Officer at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Kelisha is an adjunct professor and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the educational leadership and humanities disciplines respectively. She speaks widely on education, leadership, culturally responsive teaching, African American history, intellectual history, philosophy, influential women in Black history, and diversity, equity, justice, and social change.

Kelisha holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education. She has delivered presentations and keynote lectures to audiences around the world. She has authored/co-authored works in the fields of education, African American history, and philosophy. Her book, Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900-1959 was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2019 and represents the first work of its kind to focus on the intellectual history of Nannie Helen Burroughs, an early 20th-century institution-builder. Her next book project, The Next Hundred Years, will look US-Africa relations at the nexus of higher education and development with an eye toward defining new trajectories for sustainability, shared value, and policymaking.