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PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County Professor Ralph Proctor, PhD has just released his latest book, Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement. Written as a personal narrative with contributions from John Brewer Jr. and Teenie Harris, the book covers the people, the targets, the demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement as well as the results achieved.
Proctor joined CCAC in 2001 as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 2005. He designed and wrote the curriculum for the Africana & Ethnic Studies department and served as department chair. He also established the college’s Diversity and Inclusion department and served as vice president and chief diversity officer. He was instrumental in the establishment of CCAC’s newest facility, the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center, working with colleagues to generate community interest in the building and was active in the college’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. During his tenure, Proctor has served on various college committees and is currently the professor of Ethnic and Diversity Studies and also serves as an academic advisor.
Active in the community, Proctor has served as president and founder of the University of Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; president and co-founder of East Liberty Development Inc.; and president of Black Adoption Services. He has served as a commissioner for the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission, the Mayor’s Commission on Families and the Mayor’s Commission on Human Relations and serves on the boards of Family Hospice; Eastminster House; and the Louise Child Care Center. Additionally, he is a member of numerous councils, committees and panels including the Black History Advisory Panel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; United Way of Western Pennsylvania; Better Business Bureau Arbitration Panel; National Partnership to Prevent Drug & Alcohol Abuse, U.S. Department of Justice; Pennsylvania Humanities Council; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and the University of Pittsburgh African Heritage Classroom Committee. He has received numerous awards for his professional, media and civil rights activities including two lifetime achievement awards, one from CCAC and the other from the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA.
Proctor has also enjoyed a long media career. He has appeared on WAMO radio’s NAACP on the Line (as program host); WQED-TV’s Black Horizons; WPHG-TV’s From Our Perspective; WCXJ radio’s Black Talk; and WAMO/WYJZ radio’s Community Forum.
Proctor has taught at the University of Pittsburgh; LaRoche College; Duquesne University; Chatham University; Carlow University and The Carnegie. He is a nationally-recognized expert in African art and makes an annual donation to the African Heritage Classroom at the University of Pittsburgh.
A Pittsburgh resident, Proctor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh.
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CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.