From Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Dr. Marlin Barber is a senior instructor of history at Missouri State University. He has been at Missouri State since 2012. His specialty area is 19th century Black American history and slavery. His current research is on Black educational autonomy and community in the late 19th century. He's researching how Black communities utilized schools and education after emancipation and argues that schools were just as important as churches in being pillars of those communities.
Barber also serves as faculty advisor for the African Students Association and the academic advisor for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, (the oldest collegiate Black Greek Letter fraternity).
Dr. Marlin Barber is a historian of early and 19th century United States with particular interests in 19th century Black American history and Southern and rural studies. His research to date centers on black radicalism and African American social institutions. He is currently working on forthcoming articles on enslaved and free African American radicals in mid-19th century Missouri; black public schools in post-Civil War Kentucky; and alcohol production, consumption and culture in late-19th century Missouri.
Historian Dr. Marlin Barber explains the meaning and significance of Juneteenth, as well as how colleges and students can celebrate it.
Historian Dr. Marlin Barber sheds light about Juneteenth.