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Ralph Edlin Luker, American history professor. Grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1978, 84, 85, 86, Public Committee for Humanities in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1976, Ford Foundation, New York City, 1970-1971, Louisville Institute, 1998, 2002, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2001.


Luker, Ralph Edlin was born on March 1, 1940 in Louisville. Son of Maurice Sylvester and Beatrice (Edlin) Luker.


Bachelor, Duke University, 1962. Bachelor's Degree, Drew University, 1966. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1969.

Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1973.


Assistant professor of history Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1972-1979. Executive director Delaware Humanities Forum, Wilmington, 1980-1982. Associate editor, director Martin Luther King Papers Project, Atlanta, 1986-1991.

Associate professor history Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1991-1994. Adjunct professor history Morehouse College, Atlanta, 1996-1998. Editor Vernon Johns Papers Project, since 1998.

Visiting professor religion Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, 1979-1980, 83-84, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, 1985-1986. Research associate Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Providence, 1984. Consultant Boston University, 1992, Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford, California, 1995, Project on Theology and Community, Loyola College, Maryland, 1997-1999, 2003.

Founder Cliopatria.


  • 1996: Black and White Sat Down Together: The Reminiscences of an NAACP Founder. Winner of the 1992 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.



Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture - published since 1932 by the American Society of Church History.


1984: A Southern Tradition in Theology and Social Criticism, 1830-1930: The Religious Liberalism and Social Conservatism of James Warley Miles, William Porcher DuBose, and Edgar Gardner Murphy.


Member community advisory board Station WHYY, public radio/television, Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, 1980-1986. Board directors Station WQLN, public radio/television, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1975-1979. Member American History Association, American Studies Association (Constance Rourke prize committee 1984-1986), Organisation of America Historians, Southern History Association (membership committee 1980-1982, 91), St. George Tucker Society, History News Svc.

(steering com.1997-), Honorary Order Kentucky Colonels, History Society.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, dancing, antiques.


Married Jean Holmes Crawford, May 27, 1966. Children: Anne Crawford, Amanda Elizabeth.

Maurice Sylvester Luker

Beatrice (Edlin) Luker

Jean Holmes Crawford

Anne Crawford Luker

Amanda Elizabeth Luker