This is the first time a black woman is awarded these honours in the UK.
In announcing the big news of her professorship she wrote: “BIG NEWS: my people, @BathSpaUni has awarded me a professorship and a chair in history.
She also wrote “May this open the door 2many v (to many very) hard working women, especially WoC (women of colour), even + specifically Black women, in academia in general & in History in Spa University (@BathSpaUni) October 22, 2018.
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The wonderful news has received a beautiful outpour of congratulatory messages.
— History Today (@HistoryToday) October 22, 2018
— Bath Spa University (@BathSpaUni) October 22, 2018