The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Willie Griffin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Griffin comes to The Citadel with significant teaching and research experience. He has taught in secondary education, adult basic education, and on the collegiate level. He served as a Research Assistant with the Southern Oral History Program at UNC and worked on the Civil Rights History Project (2010-2015), a national initiative to survey existing oral history collections and conduct new interviews related to the African American struggle for justice, freedom and equality. The project was made possible by the Civil Rights Project Act of 2009 and was directed by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture where the new interviews are housed.

Dr. Griffin’s first published article, ““News and Views of the Postal Service”: Trezzvant W. Anderson and Black Labor Journalism in the New Deal Era,” will appear in Labor: Studies in Working Class History (December, 2017). His current manuscript project is entitled Courier of Crisis, Messenger of Hope: Trezzvant W. Anderson and the Black Freedom Struggle, 1906-1963, a groundbreaking biography of a forgotten black press activist who led, participated in, and documented the development of the Modern Civil Rights Movement before and after television recognized the struggle.

Dr. Griffin is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, but has extensive family ties to both the Upstate and the Low Country of South Carolina. His maternal grandparents were from Laurens County, while his paternal grandfather was born on Sandy Island and raised in the Plantersville Community of Georgetown County. Dr. Griffin still enjoys deep family roots in Georgetown. His wife, Courtney J. Huell, was born in Charleston and raised in Georgetown where her family has owned and operated Wilds Funeral Home since 1911. Huell (M.S., MPH) is an entrepreneur and is the proprietor of Route Wellness, LLC. They have three children. Dr. Griffin is the coordinator of the Citadel’s African American Studies Program.


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Office: 427A Capers Hall
Office Hours: by appointment

Ph.D. in History - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
M.A. in African American Studies - Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
B.A. in African American Studies - Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Research Interests:
African American History, African Diaspora, Civil Rights Movement

Vita: Dr. Griffin's Vita

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