American Studies Brandeis alumna Julieanna Richardson ’76 received an honorary doctorate from Howard University at its 2012 commencement exercises.

Julieanna L. Richardson is the founder of the largest national collection effort of African-American video oral histories on record. She has a diverse background in the humanities, corporate law, television production and the cable television industries and a passion for American Studies and history.

She founded The HistoryMakers, a national, non-profit educational institution headquartered in Chicago, which is committed to preserving an internationally recognized archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Richardson graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Theatre Arts and American Studies from Brandeis University in 1976. It was during her studies at Brandeis that she first experienced the power of oral history, while conducting independent research on the Harlem Renaissance and poet and author Langston Hughes. Richardson received her J.D. degree in 1980 from Harvard Law School.

American Studies at Brandeis congratulates our own on her remarkable achievement.


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