The Life and Times of I. Garland Penn is the first biography of a man who was a major contributor to the study of Afro-American journalism, progress in education and social uplift of the Black community in the era 1880-1930. Penn was instrumental in the founding and financial support of many colleges and universities in America, among which are the following: Bethune/Cookman, Meharry Medical College and Clark University. He brought together Black Americans for many historic meetings and conventions. As a journalist, I. Garland Penn authored The Afro-American Press and Its Editors which to this day is a source authority in research in this area. Because Dr. Penn tended to assume supportive background roles, he is not as well known today as many of his contemporaries who have become household names in Black history. It is the goal of this biography to finally give this great man his just recognition.
Author Biography: Joanne and Grant Harrison grew up in Washington, D.C. and met at Howard University School of Music where they both were music majors. They currently live in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Joanne works as Coordinator of the Music Department at Livingstone College and Instructor at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina. Grant is the Pastor of Marable Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Kannapolis, North Carolina and an Instructor of Supervised Ministry at Hood Theological Seminary. The Harrisons are the parents of 6 children.