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The “Life of Malcolm X” murals were painted by Florian Jenkins in 1972. The eight panels depict the life and assassination of the human rights activist. The murals were sponsored by the Afro-American Society and are located in Cutter-Shabazz Hall.

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Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

The goal of the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

The Fellowship supports graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August. Scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other Ph.D. requirements may finish their dissertations with access to the outstanding libraries, computing facilities, and faculty of Dartmouth College. In addition, Fellows may participate in classroom activities with scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Fellows can be pursuing the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught in the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program at the College.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. Fellows will be expected to complete the dissertation during the tenure of the Fellowship and may have the opportunity to participate in teaching, either as a primary instructor or as part of a team.

For more information about the Dissertation Fellowships and how to apply, see the Dissertation Fellowships page. 


2014-15 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Alphonso F. Saville, IV, PhD Candidate, Religion, Emory University

Saville, a native of Memphis, TN, earned a BA in Africana Studies and Creative Writing from New York University and an MA in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. His dissertation, The Gospel According to John Marrant: Religious Consciousness in the Black Atlantic, 1755-1791, studies the life and writings of John Marrant, North America's first ordained minister of African descent. His research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth century African-American religious history, the interstices of black spirituality and black expressive culture, and theoretical issues in the study of African-American life and history.


Previous Thurgood Marshall Fellows

Last Updated: 10/6/14