The Samuel DuBois Cook Society was founded in the spring of 1997 to honor the years of service that Dr. Cook has offered to Duke University, to the cause of African American Advancement, and to the betterment of relations between persons of all backgrounds. The mission of the Society is to recognize, to celebrate, and to affirm the presence of African American students, faculty, and staff at Duke University. Members of the Society commit themselves to the objectives to which Dr. Cook dedicated his professional life: to nurture a sense of community and belonging for African Americans; to translate the promise and potential of African Americans at Duke into fulfillment and actuality; to foster positive and constructive interpersonal and intergroup relations within both Duke University's and Durham's African American communities; to cultivate positive relations between African Americans and other ethnic, racial and national groups on the basis of an enlightened appreciation and knowledge of our historic interdependence.

Cook Society

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook

Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook

Duke Flags Lowered: Samuel DuBois Cook, Duke's First African-American Faculty Member, Dies

Samuel DuBois Cook is a retired Dillard University president and, with his appointment to the Duke University faculty in 1966, was the first African American professor to hold a regular faculty appointment at any predominantly white college or university in the South. Cook also served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1993. In 1993, Dillard University honored Cook by naming the school's new fine arts and communication center after him. That same year, Cook was elected by Duke University's Board of Trustee as a Trustee Emeritus.

Annual Dinner

Samuel Dubois Cook Scoiety
2012 Cook Dinner

Dinner and Award Ceremony

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Washington Duke Inn
5:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM Dinner
President's Ballroom

Request for Nominations

Agreement to Sponsor

Previous Award Recipients

Cook Awardees

2014 Awardees

In 1966, Cook was appointed a professor in the Duke University political science department. Nine years later, Cook was chosen to serve as president of Dillard University, a historically black liberal arts institution in New Orleans. He served as president for 22 years, retiring in 1997. During his tenure at Dillard, President Cook initiated a Japanese language studies program (the first at a historically black college) and founded the Center for Black-Jewish Relations. Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, although retired, continues to lecture at universities and colleges around the country and has served on the board of trustees of The King Center in Atlanta since its founding in 1968.