Anthony B. Mitchell, Sr., Ed.D.

Penn State Lion Mark
Associate Teaching Professor of African and African American Studies, History
Co-founder - Stewart and Jones Scholar Leadership Program
Main Building, 102
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

Spring 2022

On-Campus Office Hours:

Dr. Anthony B. Mitchell, Sr. is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny. He is the co-founder of the Stewart and Jones Scholar-Leadership Program (SJSLP), a collegiate mentoring program for males of color at Penn State. Dr. Mitchell annually teaches courses in African history, African American history, and American history. His academic research includes parental involvement, educating and mentoring African American males, African American history, and evaluating Afrocentric rites-of-passage and African-centered educational programs. In addition, Dr. Mitchells’ studies involve examining the Civil Rights Movement in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Alabama, Little Rock, Arkansas, and other battleground cities.

Teaching Interests:
African, African American, United States, and Black Diaspora histories.

Area(s) of Expertise:
African-centered education, Culturally Responsive Education, Afrocentric Rites-of-Passage, Mentoring

Research, Professional or Personal Interests:
African-centered pedagogy, Culturally responsive pedagogy, Afrocentric rites-of-passage, West African Drum and Dance


African American adult education history, African American oral history, Black male achievement, and Afrocentric/culturally responsive education

Mitchell, A. B., White, J. J., & Edmondson, J. (2021). Why Crossing Bridges Summit? In progress.

Mitchell, A. B. (2019). Memories from my soul: Remembering Grandma Hattie’s kitchen.
Absence, 21, 64-74. Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Mitchell, A. B. (2019). Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church Terrell:
Foremothers of scholarship, social justice activism, and Black women’s empowerment. In J. Carter-Robinson (Ed.), Many Strides to Freedom: African American Women’s Unsung
Contributions and Legacies, pp. 23-56. NOVA Science Publishers.

Quigley, M. & Mitchell, A.B. (Fall, 2018). Applying Critical Race Theory to design mentoring and educational interventions for African American males in the 21st Century. Journal of African American Men in Education (JAAME), 9(2), 74-102.

Mitchell, A. (Winter, 2016). Roots of the Maafa: The origins of White Supremacy Racism in
slavery in the U.S. Black Child Journal, 88-101.

Byrdsong, R. T., Mitchell, A.B., & Yamatani, H. (2013). Afrocentric intervention paradigm: An overview of successful application by a grassroots organization. Journal of Human
Behavior in the Social Environment, (23), 931-937.

Geneva College, B.S., Business Administration, 1979
Penn State University, M.S., Adult Education, 1991
Indiana University of PA, Ed.D., Administration and Leadership Studies, 2006

2021 Speaker, Center for Urban Education - Forging Futures Through Black Educational Histories. "Pittsburgh Education Panel," June 19

2021 Keynote Speaker, Black History Month Program. "Black Wallstreet," Vonage Atlanta and UK, February 16

2019 Speaker, Umoja Celebration - 30 Years on 3 Rivers. “The History of African Drum and Dance in Pittsburgh,” November 22, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA.

2018 Keynote Speaker, NAACP-McKeesport Annual Freedom Dinner. “Still Struggling…. 50 Years Later!” September 15, Palisades, McKeesport, PA.

2017 Keynote Speaker, Black History Month Program. “From a King to a President: Where Do We Go from Here?” February 24, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Beaver Falls, PA