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Elizabeth Clark-Lewis


  • History
  • College of Arts & Sciences


Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, PhD  is Professor of History at Howard University. Since 1990 she has directed its Public History Program. The former Director of Graduate Studies has served on the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians and as the National Director of the Association of Black Women Historians. She is one of the founders of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Association. Professor Clark-Lewis authored Keep It Locked: 106 Tributes to AJ Calloway (2014); Synergy: Public History At Howard University  (2011); Emerging Voices and Paradigms:  Black Women's Scholarship  [Co-editor]  (2008); First Freed: Emancipation in the District of Columbia  (2002); Living In,  Living Out: African American Domestics in Washington, DC  (1996); Northern Virginia Community College: An Oral History, 1965 - 1985  [Co-author] (1987); and, The Transition From Live-in to Day Work  (1985).  Elizabeth Clark-Lewis has written twenty-one articles for scholarly publications. As a co-producer of Freedom Bags, a 1990 WETA/PBS documentary, she received the Oscar Micheaux Best Documentary Award. 

Education & Expertise


American Studies

University of Maryland


Howard University


Howard University

- Advanced Research Certification - Modern Archives Institute

National Archives and Records Administration


United States History

African American Women's History

Public History

Museums and Archives

History of the District of Columbia

Migration History




United States History to 1877

African American Women In United States History

Public History

Museums and Archives

History and Preservation





Oral History projects, Local History Museums, Community Historic Preservation, Women's History - GRANTS -


2018  -  "The Service of Col. Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers at Mt Whitney and Sequoia National Parks," (Three Rivers, California), National Park Service;     Harriet Tubman-Caroline County (Maryland) Grant,  National Park Service [2016];    "Hand Dance Culture in Northern Virginia," Virginia Foundation for the Humanities [2015];    Quaker/Colored Cemetery Project (Washington, DC),  National Park Service [2012];     DC Emancipation History, District of Columbia Government  [2007];           "Community Historic Preservation," DC Community Humanities Council Grant   [2004];    Terrell Museum/National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant (Scholar)  [2003];    Center for the Advancement of Service Learning, Washington, DC [2001];    Developing Waysides and Outdoor Interpretive Exhibits Grant, Peoples Involvement Corporation, Washington, DC [2000];     Mary McLeod Bethune National Council House Study, National Park Service, Washington, DC   [1998];                Slavery at Oxon Hill Farm (Maryland),  National Park Service, Washington, DC [1998];                  Fund for Academic Excellence Grant, Howard University [1998];            Howard University Faculty Research Grant  [1997];            "Footsteps From North Brentwood  (Maryland),"  Community History Grant,  Smithsonian Institution [1995];    Calvert County African American Teachers' Oral History Project,  Maryland Humanities Council  [1994];   "In Search of Common Ground," Potomac Gardens Public Housing Oral History Project, D C Community Humanities Council  [1993];   “Emancipation Day Heritage Programs“ D C Arts and Humanities Council  [1992];                         Oral History Project, 25th Anniversary of the Anacostis Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC  [1992];     “Women and Migration”  Faculty Research Grant, Howard University  [1991];         Minority Producers Grant, W.E.T.A. Television (PBS-Channel 26)   [1989];                    Hechinger Foundation Documentary History Production Grant  [1988];    Washington Post Foundation, Documentary History Production Grant  [1988];   Martin Marietta Corporation, Documentary History Production Grant  [1988];   American Express Company, Documentary History Production Grant  [1988];                                Hattie Strong Foundation, Documentary History Production Grant  [1987];                         "Migration in Washington, DC" District of Columbia Community Humanities Council  [1986];                                 Gum Springs Museum Development Grant , Virginia Humanities Council  [1984];                                                                   State of Virginia Local History Development Grant  [1980];                                                              National Endowment for the Humanities/Clark University, Teaching Methodologies Grant  [1979];



2015 Letitia Brown Lecture, Historical Society of Washington, DC

2011-2014 Organization of American Historians, first person elected from an HBCU

2009 Williams Leadership Award - Association of Black Women Historians

2008 Outstanding Educator, Pennsylvania Urban Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2007-2011 National Director, Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)

2006 Bethune Service Award - Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History

2000 Pogue Award - Oral Historians of the Mid-Atlantic Region - Public Housing Series

1995-1998 National Council on Public History: Executive Board;

1995 Letitia Brown “Best Book” Prize - Association of Black Women Historians

1992 Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History - Executive Board

1992 Public Humanities Award - District of Columbia Community Humanities Council

1992 - 2011 Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Executive Council

1991 Program Excellence Award - American Association of University Women

1991 Oscar Micheaux Best Documentary Award - Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

1991 Gold Apple Award - N E A; First Place American Film and Video Festival

1988 Distinguished Public Service Award - Council of the District of Columbia

1986 “Best Article” Prize - Association of Black Women Historians

1986 Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Washington, DC

1985 J. R. Clark Award - American Association of Community and Junior Colleges

1977 - Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Founder (One of the seven founding members )

Other Service: Executive Board: African American Experience Fund, National Park Foundation; Landmarks Committee, NPS.

Other Service: D C Emancipation Commission; Howard University Alumni Association (National): Membership Committee.

Other Awards :Ford Foundation Research Fellowship

Shomacher Fellowship