Rosenwald Project

African-Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy

2013 Conference Speakers

John Haley Dr. John H. Haley

John H. Haley graduated from Rosenwald High School in Warrenton, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia State University and a Masters of Arts degree in History from Old Dominion University. He entered the US Army as an Infantry Officer and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His military career included tours of duty as a Special Forces Officer, a Professor of Military Science, and G5 of the John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance. After retiring from the military, he received a Ph.D. degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His areas of specialty are U.S. Race Relations, African-American History, the American South, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and U.S. Military History. His significant publications include Charles N. Hunter and Race Relations in North Carolina, (UNC Press, 1987) and “Race Rhetoric, and Revolution,” in Democracy Betrayed, (UNC Press, 1998.) He was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and at Eastern Illinois University. He received the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Board of Trustees’ Teaching Excellence Award for the Academic Year 1986-87, and the Eastern Illinois University’s Faculty Excellence Award for the Academic Year 1989-90. He was appointed to the National Faculty in 1993, and elected to the North Carolina Historical Society, and to the North Caroliniana Society. His significant past or current professional related service include: vice-chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council,  Board of Directors, Preservation North Carolina, chair of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Committee, Editorial Board of the North Carolina Historical Review,  historian and member of the 1898 Race Riot Commission, Advisory Board, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens African American Research Project,  Board of Directors, Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Board of Directors, Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts,  chairman of the Advisory Board Cape Fear Museum, Expert  Commissioner, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and member of the University of North Carolina Press’ Advancement Council. In 2008 he received the North Carolina Literary and historical Association’s Christopher Crittenden Award for Significant Contributions to the History of North Carolina.


Stephanie Deutsch Stephanie Deutsch

Stephanie Deutsch was born in Washington, D.C. and as the daughter of a Foreign Service officer lived in New Zealand and in France as well as Arlington, Virginia.  She graduated from Brown University and has a Master's Degree in Soviet Union Area Studies from Harvard.  Despite much foreign experience, she discovered a great love of American history which resulted in her book, You Need a Schoolhouse, Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South, published in late 2011 by Northwestern University Press. She has lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. since 1975 and has for fifteen years served as chairman of the grants committee of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation which gives away $250,000 a year in small grants. Stephanie has written articles and book reviews for the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, Philanthropy Magazine and the Millions blog.  She and her husband, retired television director David Deutsch, have four grown children.  Read more about Stephanie and her book at


Claudia Stack Claudia Stack

Claudia Stack is a graduate of St. John's College (B.A.,1988) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed. M., 1992). She has worked in education for over 20 years. Currently, she is an exceptional children's teacher at Williston Middle School. Stack has been documenting historic African American schools in our region for ten years. In 2009 she organized the inaugural UNCW Rosenwald School conference. In 2012 her film "Under the Kudzu", which documents the history of two Pender County Rosenwald Schools, won the Director's Choice Award at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival.