Maurice Jackson


Associate Professor


Department of History
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Maurice Jackson is Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies and Affiliated Professor of Performing Arts (Jazz) at Georgetown University. He is also a Fellow at the GU Center for Social Justice. He teaches Atlantic, African-American, Washington, D.C., and Jazz history. His book, "Let This Voice be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism," was published in 2009 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is co-editor with Jackie Bacon of, "African-Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents," Routledge Press, published in January 2010. "Disaporan Voices of the African Past: James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Quobna Ottabah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano and Ignatius Sancho as Sources of African History" appears in The Changing Atlantic Africa: Essays in Honor of Robin Law, Carolina Academic Press, 2009. “James and Esther Jackson: A Personal Introspective,” appears in African-American Communists and the Origins of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Routledge Press, 2009. His ‘Friends of the Negro! Fly with me, The path is open to the sea:’ “Remembering the Haitian Revolution in the History, Music and Culture of the African American People,” is in Early American Studies, April 2008 and “The Rise of Abolition” in The Atlantic World, 1450-2000, Indiana University Press, 2008. He wrote the liner notes to the Grammy Nominated Jazz CD by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, "Steal Away: Spirituals, Folks Songs and Hymns," Verve Records, 1995. Jackson has also wrote the liner notes to their new work "Come Sunday," Hank Jones’ last recording (Fall 2011). "CROWN ME," the story of an African-American men's Checkers Club in D.C., was published in 2010 with Jackson's introduction. The story is the subject of an in progress special on Public Television. He is currently at work on a social, political and cultural history of African-Americans in Washington (1700’s until the present), where he has lived his entire adult life. He was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame, on 2009 for his years of service to the people of the nation’s capital. Jackson has recently lectured in Turkey on Jazz, in Italy on the American Revolution, and in Qatar on African-American culture and history. A former shipyard rigger, longshoreman, house painter, and longtime organizer, Jackson was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and is a 2011-12 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


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  • PhD () Georgetown University, History
  • MA () Georgetown University, History
  • BA () Antioch College, Political Economy