Jualynne E. Dodson

Professor of Sociology, African American & African Graduate Studies at Michigan State University and Director of the African Atlantic Research Team (AART).

Benjamin Bernard Dunlap

President of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he serves as the Chapman Professor of Humanitites.

Walter B. Edgar

Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina and the author of South Carolina, A History and the South Carolina Encyclopedia.

Karen E. Fields

Independent scholar, writer, and filmmaker and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Rochester.

John C. Guilds

Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas where he was the  Distinguished Professor of Humanitites in the Department of English.  He is the biographer of William Gilmore Simms and author of Simms:  A Literary Life.

Charles Joyner

The Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University and author of the seminal book, Down by the Riverside:  A South Carolina Slave Community and Shared Traditions:  Southern History and Folk Culture.

Frank Martin

Writer, cultural critic, and art historian who teaches the history of art at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and at several University of South Carolina satellite campuses.