ROBERT RAY BLACK, PhD

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Robert Ray Black spends time between his home in downtown Bozeman, Montana, and Charleston, South Carolina. He enjoys fishing and hiking in Big Sky Country with his yellow lab rescue called Cooper. He has two adult sons, and a one-year-old grandson. 

 

He recently wrote a book about a free Black man during the Revolutionary War. The book highlights the importance of Black American men and women in during the revolutionary war, through the development of an unlikely friendship with an officer in the British army.

Robert Black pictured with his two sons, way back when.

He was educated at The University of the South (B.A.), University of Toronto, Vanderbilt University (M.A.), Oxford University (M.A., Pembroke College), Princeton University (Ph.D., English language and literature), Birmingham Southern University, and the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.).

As a 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve, he served on active duty in South Korea and Germany in military intelligence.

 

As an English professor, he taught at North Carolina State University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, SUNY New Paltz, the University of Denver, The Citadel, and Montana State University.  While teaching English, mainly Chaucer, he co-edited an early fourteenth-century edition of the Book of Psalms, the first complete book of the Bible translated into (Middle) English prose.

As a civil rights attorney and law professor at the University of South Carolina and Charleston School of law, he wrote a book about a client who was the first woman to be admitted into the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. As local counsel, Black appeared on CBS Evening News twice, and in national and international media numerous times.

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Robert Ray Black, 2020