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WKU history professor Hardin receives Humanitarian Award

John Hardin, professor of History at WKU, has been honored with the Humanitarian Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee.

WKU professor John Hardin received the Humanitarian Award on Jan. 16.

WKU professor John Hardin received the Humanitarian Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee on Jan. 16. Picture with Dr. Hardin is committee member Gambia Flemister.

The award, presented Monday (Jan. 16) during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration, recognizes an individual who has worked tirelessly and selflessly to promote radial equality, champion diversity and preserved culturally relevant information about the community’s history, according to committee chair Ryan Dearbone, Assistant Director of College Advancement at WKU.

“Dr. Hardin has received this award for his work with African American Museum and the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia as well as other publications on African American history,” Dearbone said.

Dearbone also cited Dr. Hardin’s work in the community at large and as a member of Phi Beta Sigma, NAACP and as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students.

At WKU, Dr. Hardin has also served as Assistant to the Provost and as an Assistant Dean. He has taught at Eastern Washington University, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Spokane Community College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.

Publications include two books: Fifty Years of Segregation: Black Higher Education in Kentucky 1904-1954, and Onward and Upward: A Centennial History of Kentucky State University 1886-1986.  He was an editor of Community Memories: A Glimpse of African Americans in Frankfort, Kentucky and one of the three general editors of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia published in 2015 by the University Press of Kentucky. His historical publications also include articles in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Filson Club History Quarterly and Journal of Black Studies.

Other affiliations include the Governing Board of the Kentucky Historical Society and vice-chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Historic Properties Advisory Commission, African-American Museum-Bowling Green Area and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Contact: John Hardin, (270) 745-2233

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