Dr. TaKeia N. Anthony is currently Associate Professor of History at Kentucky State University and founder of Dr. TaKeia’s Empowerment. Her areas of expertise are Mobilized African Diaspora and Archiving. She has spoken on panels and lectured throughout the United States, South Korea, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, London, Germany, and Kenya. She maintained and managed the archives of the James Weldon Johnson Branch of The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) and has published several articles, book chapters, and a historical spoken word album titled Dr. TaKeia Speaks: The Inception. Her most recent publication is a book titled, The Universal Ethiopian Students’ Association, 1927-1948: Mobilizing Diaspora. This research expands the study of the African Diaspora by illuminating the mobilized diaspora and the UESA.
Dr. Anthony is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky where she is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in history and the 2015 recipient of the Women of Achievement, Native Daughter Award, given by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission. She is an alumna of NCCU and inducted in the 2016 Class of 40 Under 40 and Howard University in Washington D.C. She emanates both schools’ motto of Truth and Service as founder of Dr. TaKeia’s Empowerment by hosting HBCU Tours for the youth in her hometown. Prior to joining NCCU, Dr. Anthony was the Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public History at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida where she was the 2017 Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Class of Jacksonville Black Pages 20 Under 40.