Since its establishment in 1976, the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) has been the leader in creating new and innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand the lives of African American and African descendant communities. Our mission is to generate high-quality data, analyses, and interpretations of findings to advance academic scholarship and develop effective public policies.
Belinda Tucker came to the University of Michigan in 1971 as a graduate student in social psychology. Coming out of the turbulent 1960s, she was drawn to the program by its demonstrated commitment to diversity and to addressing societal ills (which seemed monumental at the time). She was especially attracted by its welcoming faculty, including Pat Gurin, Elizabeth Douvan, and Ewart Thomas, and the strong sense of community among the students. As luck would have it, James Jackson was hired as a new professor that very year. And the rest, shall we say, is history.
Professor James S. Jackson, passed away Tuesday evening, September 1st, in Ann Arbor after a long battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully with his wife, Toni, and daughters Ariana and Kendra by his side.
James Jackson was the Founder and Leader of the Program for Research on Black Americans.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Mentoring Workshop on African American Aging Research sponsored by the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.