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Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship

DREF President Carolyn E. Lewis, who also serves as Chairperson of the Foundation’s Sister Scholars Advisory Council, recently announced the selection of Takeia Anthony, Ph.D., as the 2021 Vivian A. Ware Research Fellow. Dr. Anthony’s research project will include examining and documenting the history of DREF.
She will also be responsible for creating an online repository for The Center for Research on African American Women. Dr. Anthony began the one-year Ware Fellowship on January 11; she will be supported by the Sister Scholars Advisory Council to publish the book documenting DREF’s 54-year history and establishment of the online archival project. 

Takeia Anthony, Ph.D. 
                          2021 Vivian Ware Research Fellow                       

                                                                Dr Anthony - Ware Fellow

Dr. Anthony is an Associate Professor of History at Kentucky State University. Her areas of expertise are Mobilized African Diaspora and Archiving. She has lectured and spoken on panels throughout the United States, South Korea, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Columbia, London, and Ghana, and also curated the archival records of the James Weldon Johnson Branch (Jacksonville, FL) of The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Dr. Anthony 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 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).  Dr. Anthony is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky where she is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in history. She is an alumna of Howard University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she was inducted into the 2016 Class of 40 Under 40.  

About the Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship

The Ware Research Fellowship is awarded to scholars who will conduct original research on an issue related to African American women. The Fellowship has been awarded in past years to:

  • Ruth T. Jones in 1998—research project on charter school education
  • Zinga A. Fraser in 2009—research project on Black women in politics
  • Kidogo A. Kennedy, Ed.D. in 2012—research on the perceived impact of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s educational development programs on youth participants.

The Life and Legacy of Vivian A. Ware

Remembering Vivian A. Ware

Vivian Augusta Faison, born December 20, 1921, was the sixth child of Hattie Belle and John Edward Faison of Greenville County, Virginia. She completed Mars Hill Grammar School in six years and graduated with honors from the County High School in Emporia, Virginia.

Vivian studied at Virginia State College, where she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She served as Chapter President and graduated in June 1947 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education. Ware taught home Economics at Hayden High School in Franklyn, Virginia. She organized farm wives for home improvements and farm children for 4-H participation. She also counseled community residents on the voter registration examinations that were used to disenfranchise minorities.

A Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Vivian Ware was honored by the Sorority in 1988 at the Diamond Jubilee National Convention as a “Delta Diamond.” In 1992, she joined the Board of Directors of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. An active member of the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter (MCAC) of Delta, she received the chapter’s Annual Community Service Award in 1992. The retired educator volunteered faithfully as a tutor with the Adult Literacy Program of MCAC. Art work that she created adorned many MCAC program covers, particularly, the Jabberwock Souvenir Program cover.

Vivian A. Ware passed on July 8, 1994. This Fellowship is made possible from an endowment fund established in her honor by her husband Lt. Col. (Ret) Ivan Ware.


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