Simple Gifts

Dr. Nikki Yeboah and Dr. Marquita Byrd are among the 18 tenured and tenure track African and African American faculty featured in a portrait series titled Simple Gifts. The idea for this unique celebration portrait series was conceived by Dr. D. Michael Cheers, Photojournalism Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “I sought to produce a counter narrative that fuses honor with dignity,” said Dr. Cheers. “This was a journey to honor the souls of Black folk through the lens of dignity and humanity.”

Simple Gifts