My father, the late professor Lawrence Fitzroy Douglas, accepted a position in the department of sociology at the University of Manitoba in 1967. He was the first Black faculty member in the department and one of its four founding members. He taught there for 22 years until his retirement in 1989. Notably, the department would not hire another tenure track Black faculty member for 32 years.
I established the Dr. Lawrence F. Douglas Fellowship to pay tribute to my father’s legacy and to acknowledge his simultaneously unique and familiar biography which is linked to the Caribbean’s history of colonialism, village life, and the complex journeying that defines Black life in the diaspora. This fellowship will be awarded for the first time during the upcoming 2024-25 academic year.