The Institute is in session!

June 1, 2020 – On Monday evening, William A. Keyes welcomed 18 outstanding young men to kick off the 18th summer of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Unfortunately, orientation took place over a Zoom conference call. All of the Institute’s sessions in June will be over Zoom. Keyes is...

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A Tribute to David C. Driskell (1931-2020)

April 1, 2020 – The country has lost an influential figure and the Institute has lost a wonderful friend. David C. Driskell died last week at age 88. Dr. Driskell was born in Georgia, grew up in North Carolina, attended Howard University, and lived most of his life in...

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Institute Selects Class of 2021

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1 / — Dr. William A. Keyes IV announces the admission of thirteen African American male college sophomores into the Institute for Responsible Citizenship class of 2021. The young men will participate in the Washington, DC-based program during the summers of 2020 and 2021. Institute scholars...

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William Keyes Honored at UNC Homecoming

Institute president William Keyes was presented the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award at the 2019 Black Alumni Reunion. BAR, as it is affectionately known, is held in conjunction with Homecoming every year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Beech Award is presented to outstanding alumni...

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William A. Keyes IV, President of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, introduces Institute alumnus Brandon Harris to his new congregation

This morning, William A. Keyes IV introduced Institute alumnus Brandon Harris at People’s Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC. Following the worship service, the members of the congregation elected Rev. Harris senior minister. Harris participated in the Institute while a student at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. After...

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Alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Jordan Thomas profiled by NJ.com

Institute alumnus Jordan Thomas, a native of Newark and an alumnus of Princeton University, is profiled this month in a New Jersey publication. Thomas completed his time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England in June and spent the remainder of June and July in Washington with...

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Duke University Assistant Professor Jarvis McInnis Begins Fellowship at Schomburg Center

Institute alumnus and Duke University Professor Jarvis McInnis to spend this academic year in New York. He is undertaking a National Endowment for the Humanities/ Ford Foundation Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture. The Schomburg Center, located in Harlem, is a major research library of...

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Robert Bland joins University of Tennessee faculty

Institute alumnus Robert Bland has joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of History.  The brief profile of him on the university’s website reads:  Robert Bland joins the UT Department of History as an assistant professor after having been a faculty member in history...

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Institute president William Keyes announces graduation of 16th Institute class

This morning, William Keyes, founder and president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, congratulated the class of 2019 for their achievements. The scholars, as Institute participants are called, lived together in a residence hall at George Washington University, worked at internships in their fields of interest, met privately with...

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Institute Alumnus David Johnson Named Sewanee’s 48th Watson Fellow

David Johnson is the recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The award affords him the opportunity to travel the world for one year.  He will study issues of justice and injustice in Ireland, Germany, Rwanda, South Africa, Chile, and Peru for ideas about how to improve the justice...

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