Melville J. Herskovits

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"Melville J. Herskovits, a distinguished anthropologist, was one of the first scholars to recognize the importance of identifying the linkages between the societies, cultures and religions of the peoples of Africa and their descendants in the Americas. In 1948, Herskovits founded the Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern, the first and foremost center of its kind at a major research university in the United States with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. " [1]

He was a founding member and the first president of the African Studies Association in 1957-58.

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  1. About, Northwestern, accessed March 24, 2010.