Barbara P. Fleming, Ph.D.

Like many African-American writers, Barbara Fleming is a product of the Deep South.  She grew up in Alabama where she attended elementary and high school before graduating from college with a degree in psychology. Barbara also studied psychology at the graduate level with a concentration in the intellectual development of children.  In addition to her career as a writer of mystery fiction, Barbara is first and foremost a trained social scientist with a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in the intellectual development of children.  She earned both the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Psychology.  Barbara has expertise in mental health and higher education and has written extensively in both fields.  She published a report for the Ohio State Department of Mental Health entitled Minorities’ Utilization of Public Mental Health Services in the State of Ohio and she also produced a 5-year comprehensive strategic plan for her local state university when she served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research for that institution.  Both the Executive Summary and the full report are entitled:  Academic Excellence in the Twenty-First Century.  In her other life as a writer of mystery fiction, Barbara lived in the District of Columbia for ten years during which time she conceived the plot and the fictional hero, Lieutenant Matthew Alexander of the District of Columbia Police Department, of her four mystery novels and play:  Hot Stones * Cold Death; Murder on the Gold Coast; Murder at the Carousel Club; Chasing Isfet in the District; and When Isis Comes to Dinner: A Play in Three Acts.

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John E. Fleming, Ph.D.

John Fleming was born in North Carolina and received his early education there.  He graduated from college with a degree in history and he received both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in American history.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and he has published three books and over 45 articles and chapters in books.  He has served as President of the Ohio Museums Association and of the Association of African American Museums.  He was awarded lifetime achievement and distinguished service awards by the Ohioana Library, Ohio Museums Association, and the National Peace Corps.  He has served on the board of the American Association of Museums.  He was named by the Governor of Ohio to serve as a delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism and to serve as a member of the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board.  He was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to serve on the National Underground Railroad Advisory Commission.  He is the 2007 recipient of the Bjornson award from the Ohio Humanities Council in addition to being named by President George W. Bush to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Presidential Commission.  He currently serves as the President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and serves as a member of the Ohio Historical Trust Advisory Board.


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