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Prof. Johnie H. Scott, Watts native son, retires

Scott served as chair of the Africana Studies Department, and retires as Director of the Writing Program.

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Professor Johnie H. Scott (center) is flanked by Dr. James Henry (left) and Shante Morgan Durisette, both CSUN alumni. Scott holds the Legacy Award given to him by the Black Alumni Association in 2016. Photo courtesy of California State University, Northridge


Johnie H. Scott retires after 30-plus years; first African-American to win full academic scholarships to Harvard and Stanford

Professor Johnie H. Scott, who grew up in the Jordan Downs Housing Project of Watts, calls it a career after three decades at California State University, Northridge. Scott launched his career after an illustrious academic start, becoming the first African-American to win full academic scholarships to Harvard and Stanford.

Scott served as chair of the Africana Studies Department, and retires as Director of the Writing Program. He taught in the Ethnic Studies Department for more than 30 years in the classroom with, as he described, “generations of wonderful students, many of whom have gone on to productive careers and leadership positions in so many different fields and occupations in Los Angeles, California, and the nation.”

His numerous publications include “Black Love: The Hollywood Film Factory and Its Construction of Black Male-Female Relationships Since The Color Purple,” and “Code Yellow: Race, Privilege and Access in the Mediated Dismantling of the Los Angeles County Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center of South Los Angeles, California.”

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