The Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award goes to a faculty member, staff member, or friend of the university who demonstrates a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and appreciation of the differences in people and cultures on our campus.
Brandon K. Winford, an assistant professor in the Department of History, is a historian of late 19th- and 20th-century US and African American history specializing in civil rights and black business history. He is the author of John Hervey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights, published last year to wide praise from reviewers. Shortly after coming to UT in 2014, Winford helped launch a fund raising campaign that led to the endowment of the annual Fleming-Morrow Lecture Series and Awards in African American History. He has introduced new courses, co-founded the #BlackHistoryMatters film and discussion series, and worked to host distinguished scholars of black business history through the UT Humanities Center. His numerous presentations and talks include guest lectures at local high schools. He has also coordinated exhibitions at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and served as an advisor to a public history project and a documentary.
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