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For the Community

Our students and faculty are active members of the Midlands community and we're proud of their many projects. We also hope the Midlands community will join us for events like the Robert Smalls Lecture Series. Our program is a valuable resource.

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Andrew Billingsley Awards

In 2016, the USC Institute for Families in Society and the USC African American Studies Program announced the establishment of the Andrew Billingsley Faculty Award and the Andrew Billingsley Community Leadership Award.

These annual awards are designed to honor one faculty member and one member of our community who each embody the legacy of Dr. Andrew Billingsley and his scholarship on behalf of African American families. In addition to these awards, the Andrew Billingsley Fund has been established at the University to advocate for and support activities that reflect Dr. Billingsley’s outstanding scholarship.

About Andrew Billingsley

During his tenure at USC, Billingsley served as the Senior Scholar in Residence in the Institute for Families in Society, and professor of sociology and African American Studies.

Billingsley is the former chair of Family Studies at the University of Maryland, former president of Morgan State University, and vice-president for Academic Affairs at Howard University. A former Fulbright Scholar to Ghana, Billingsley is the recipient of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Black Sociologists

He was also featured in the PBS documentary "Blacks in the Civil War," narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Billingsley's works include, "Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and His Families," published by University of South Carolina Press.

He is the author of several books such as "Black Families in White America," "Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African American Families," "Children of the Storm" and "Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform," published by Oxford University Press.

The awards and the fund pay tribute to the work of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Andrew Billingsley, whose extensive body of professional research has brought important focus to African American families.