Dr. James Turner; Africana Studies; Cornell University
The news was reported in Diverse Issues of Higher Education. A cause of death wasn’t given.
In 1969, Turner and his wife, Janice Turner, moved to Ithaca, New York. He was celebrated for initiating the term “Africana Studies” and serving as the founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. The professor was entrusted to head the research center following protests by Black students who demanded academic programs and funding for African American studies during that same year.