Associate Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard will be honored with UM-Dearborn's Susan B. Anthony Award for her contributions to gender equality

April 14, 2010


DEARBORN / April 14, 2010---Deborah Smith Pollard, associate professor of English literature, has been chosen to receive the 32nd annual Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Presented by the campus’s Commission for Women, the award recognizes a member of the UM-Dearborn community who has made significant contributions to gender equality.  

Pollard will receive the award during a dinner ceremony on Thursday, April 15 at Fairlane Center South.  The event begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and reception, followed by dinner and an awards program.    

Patricia Ireland, an attorney, social activist, author and former president of the National Organization for Women, will be the evening’s keynote speaker.

Pollard has been a role model of the Susan B. Anthony motto, "Failure is impossible," according to those who nominated her for the award.

Her many academic, professional, scholarly and personal achievements include being a former director of UM-Dearborn’s African and African-American Studies Program, co-sponsoring campus events and teaching the course “Black Women in Literature, Film and Music” for the Women's and Gender Studies program at UM-Dearborn.

In 2008, her book, When the Church is your Party, was named one of 20 “Michigan Notable Books” by the Library of Michigan.  Pollard’s book is a collection of essays on topics in gospel music, both in Detroit and on the national level, including praise and worship, women gospel music announcers and “holy hip hop.”

In addition to her academic role at UM-Dearborn, Pollard is well known for her gospel music program on Detroit radio powerhouse WJLB-FM. In 2005, she was named “Gospel Announcer of the Year” in the annual Stellar Awards.  

Last month, Pollard received UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Service Award at the campus’s annual Honor Scholars and Faculty Awards ceremony.


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