Samuel Dubois Cook Society

Samuel DuBois Cook Society - A Brief History

The Samuel DuBois Cook Society was founded in 1997 to honor the first African American faculty member hired and tenured at Duke University, and to recognize his contributions as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees. Dr. Cook has dedicated his professional life to social justice. While at Duke, he championed the rights of non-academic employees, black student access, mentoring for junior faculty, the University’s relationship to the black community; and the relations between Blacks and Jews—work that he also carried out on the national level. A close personal friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Cook has always shared Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community.”

At its inception, the mission of the Samuel DuBois Cook Society was to: provide a forum for analysis of issues with particular impact on African Americans; address the organizational issues that impede the creation of a sense of community; examine the historical experiences of the diversity represented at Duke in order to develop an enlightened appreciation of each group; and enhance the University’s capacity for becoming a truly inclusive community.

The Society is open to any and all who are interested in these objectives and are committed to working toward the progress of African Americans who are part of the Duke University community. If you would like to be kept informed of Cook Society activities, please send your contact information to the Cook Society, c/o Office for Institutional Equity, Box 90012, Durham, NC 27708, or email