Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute





 Dr. Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi


Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi is Founder and CEO of the History Lesson Project.  She has more than 25 years of experience teaching, studying, and researching the history and cultures of Africa, African Americans, and the Diaspora.  Her areas of expertise in African History are 20th century Zambia, Apartheid South Africa, and Swaziland.  She has a long-held interest in the 19th Century South and its legacies for 21st Century America.  Gender and Race construction in each of the above, as well as the Diaspora constitute her current interests, as well as the Civil Rights and Labor Movements in the USA.  She uses disciplines within the Humanities, along with those of the Social Sciences, to reach audiences both within the walls of The Academy , as well as in the Community.   

Dr. Mvusi earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where she wrote a dissertation on “The Creation of Unemployment in Northern Rhodesia, ca. 1891-1936,” and taught herself Anthropology to develop her historical narrative.  She holds M.A. degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago, and a B.A. degree from Spelman College.  She has been a three-time recipient of Fulbright Awards, a recipient of the Mississippi Council of Humanities Award for Teacher of the Year (with the Hamer Institute), and has served as a Consultant to the International Training in Women and Development Project.



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