The Black History Month Committee, under the auspices of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, is pleased to announce that it is accepting essays for the Second Annual New Jersey City University Black History Month Essay Contest. A selection committee consisting of members of the University community will review all completed applications and select the winning essays.
The deadline for applications is January 22, 2014 no later than 4 p.m. All applications must be submitted to the Black History Month Committee on or before the due date and time. No late submissions will be accepted. E-mail submissions, for the sake of time, are preferred. USPS mail, within the time constraints, is acceptable.
Who was Dr. Lee Hagan?
Dr. Lee Frank Hagan was a committed scholar activist who was devoted to the teaching and research of African and African-American History. He served New Jersey City University (Jersey City State College at that time) for 17 years as a professor of History, coordinator for the African/Afro-American Studies Program, founding member of the Black Administrators, Alumni, Faculty, Student and Staff Organization (BAAFSSO), and advisor to several student organizations.
Dr. Hagan's dedication inspired many to pursue a higher education that would include an Afrocentric awareness and a commitment to perform meaningful community service. He was an advocate for student empowerment. He was also a positive role model who was often called by student leaders for counsel on matters pertaining to campus life, community events and international affairs. His numerous organizational affiliations and commitment to academic excellence magnifies the zealousness he frequently displayed when accepting and completing responsibilities entrusted to his care.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in History from Seton Hall University in 1967 and 1969, and his doctorate in education from Rutgers University in 1983.
Dr. Lee F. Hagan died on September 6, 1986.
"Lee Hagan was a principled man. His dedication to bettering the
conditions of his people tolerated no compromise or distinction."