Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D. is a song leader, composer, scholar, social activist, and professor emerita of history at The American University.
Terry Rowden, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of film studies, popular culture, literary theory, and African American literature at the City University of New York, Staten Island.
Eileen Southern, Ph.D. (1920-2002) was an American musicologist, researcher, co-founder of The Black Perspective in Music journal, and the first African-American woman tenured in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Katrina Thompson Moore, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the department of history at Saint Louis University specializing in race, gender and popular culture in 19th and 20th Century North America.
Kira Thurman, Ph.D is a classically-trained pianist and assistant professor of Germanic languages, literature and history at the University of Michigan.
Umi Vaughan, Ph.D. is an artist, anthropologist, and an associate professor at California State University, Monterey Bay with a focus on dance, photography and performance of the African Diaspora.
Michael E. Veal, Ph.D. is a musician and professor at Yale University, where he specializes in ethnomusicology and African American music.
DJ Soul Sister a.k.a. Melissa A. Weber, B.A. is a rare groove collector, live DJ, radio programmer, and adjunct professor teaching History of Urban Music at Loyola University New Orleans. Weber also serves as Librarian II and curator of the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz with Tulane University Special Collections.