Donald Spivey

Distinguished Professor
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone:
(305) 284-2737
Locator Code:
4662

 
About

 

Donald Spivey was born and reared in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his B.A., "with distinction in history" (1971) and a M.A. in history (1972), and from there to the University of California at Davis where he earned his Ph.D. in history (1976).  He specializes in U.S. history since 1865, African-American history, sport, labor, music, and education.

Professor Spivey has lectured throughout the country and been a frequent commentator on radio, television, and in the print medium.  See, for example, his lecture on “Satchel Paige and Negro Leagues Baseball in the Civil Rights Movement” broadcasted on C-SPAN:  http://www.c-span.org/person/?donaldspivey; and presentation on “The Historical Richness of Black Baseball in the New Negro Movement, 1919-1941,” at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington University Humanities Center Summer Institute: https://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/nnr-lectures

His book publications include Racism, Activism, and Integrity in College Football:  The Bates Must Play Movement (2021); Black Pearls of Wisdom:  Voicing the African-American Journey for Freedom, Empowerment, and the Future (2014); Step Forward the Hero:  The Story of Milton L. Olive, III,  First African American Awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War (2014); "If You Were Only White":  The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (2012); Fire From the Soul: A History of the African-American Struggle (2003); The Politics of Miseducation: The Booker Washington Institute of Liberia, 1929-1984 (1986); Sport in America: New Historical Perspectives (1985);  Union and the Black Musician: The Narrative of William Everett Samuels and Chicago Local 208 (1984); Schooling For the New Slavery: Black Industrial Education, 1868-1915 (1978; paperback, 2007); and numerous scholarly articles in such journals as International Journal of the History of SportJournal of Sport HistoryJournal of Negro HistoryPhylonChronicles of Oklahoma, and Social Science Quarterly.  He has taught at the University of California at Davis; Wright State University; the University of Michigan; the University of Connecticut, where he was founding director of the Institute for African-American Studies; and joined the University of Miami in 1993.

Spivey has received numerous recognitions including the Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Teaching; Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity; selection as a “Top Black Educator of South Florida” by Legacy Magazine; the Robert Peterson Recognition Award for his book, "If You Were Only White":  The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige; Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences; the Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men Award” for Distinguished Community Service in Miami; and appointment to the Search Committee for Historian of the United States House of Representatives.  He currently serves as Special Advisor on Racial Justice to President Frenk. 

Spivey’s team-taught course on “The Sixties” is one of the most popular courses at the University.  For more information on the course, please visit the website at:  scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties.

Visit Don Spivey’s blog at:  https://www.firefromthesoul.com/

Career

Education

1976Ph.D. History University of California, Davis
1972 History University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1971B.A. History, with Distinction University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors & Acknowledgements

“Top Black Educator of South Florida” by Legacy Magazine
Robert Peterson Recognition Award
Dr. Donald Spivey is recipient of the Robert Peterson Recognition Award for his book, "If You Were Only White":  The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige
Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men Award”
Dr. Donald Spivey is recipient of the Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men Award” for Distinguished Community Service in Miam
Excellence in Teaching Award of the University of Miami
Research

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: African-American, Sport, Labor, Music, Education

Publications

Donald Spivey Black Pearls of Wisdom: Voicing the African-American Journey for Freedom, Empowerment, and the Future (Carolina Academic Press. 2014). [Link]


Donald Spivey (Freedom Words International Publishers . 2014).


Donald Spive "If You Were Only White": The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (University of Missouri. 2012).


Donald Spivey Fire From the Soul: A History of the African-American Struggle (Carolina Academic Press. 2003). [Link]


The Politics of Miseducation: The Booker Washington Institute of Liberia, 1929-1984 (University Press of Kentucky. 1986).


Donald Spivey (Praeger. 1985).


Donald Spivey Union and the Black Musician: The Narrative of William Everett Samuels and Chicago Local 208 (1984).


Donald Spivey ( Africa World Press, Inc. & The Red Sea Press, Inc.. 1978). [Link]