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Angeline Butler

Title: Adjunct Instructor of African American Studies
Company: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Location: New York, New York, United States

Angeline Butler, Adjunct Instructor of African American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and the performing arts.

A devoted and longstanding advocate for Civil Rights, equality and representation, Ms. Butler excels as an adjunct instructor of African American studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Previously, she was active in the field of education as an instructor of ethnic studies at the University of Southern California and a performing arts teacher at California State University at Northridge, where she was additionally recruited as a producer within the theater department for Lorraine Hansberry’s “Les Blancs.” In addition to her tenure in academia, she has found success in the performing arts as a performer, coordinator and director who is affiliated with SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Her credits as a performer include “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark,” “The Virginia Graham Show,” “Angeline Butler – Impressions,” the 2022 Selma Jubilee with the International Women’s Congress and performances alongside the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to name a few. However, Ms. Butler is particularly proud of writing and performing in the play “The Jackie Robinson That I Knew (1960-1971): He Cared About Other People,” which dramaticized the humanitarian and community-minded nature of the baseball legend.

To support her professional ambitions, Ms. Butler completed coursework at Fisk Univeristy, The Juilliard School, the University of California Los Angeles, the Herbert Berghof School, the Gene Frankel Theatre Workshop, the Renata Mannhardt Theatre Foundation and the Roger Simon Studio. Having notably studied under the tutelage of Alice Spivak, she eventually graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts in music and ethnomusicology. As a renowned Civil Rights veteran, she participated in the Nashville sit-ins, co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), helped to coordinate the 1961 Freedom Rides and spoke on multiple occasions regarding her activism at institutions including Virginia Wesleyan University, the International Black Women’s Congress Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University and the UCLA Labor Center, among others. As a testament to her exemplary endeavors, Ms. Butler has been presented with the Sit-In Organizer Award from the City of Nashville in 1960, the Republican Student Association Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2009, the Freedom Flame Award from the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in 2010, the Freedom Rider 50th Anniversary Conference and Reunion Award from Jackson, Missouri in 2011, the Malcolm King Breakfast Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2018 and the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence Award in 2019.

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