Meet the Staff
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A native of Baltimore, Juanita Crider came to the Black Cultural Center from Muncie, Ind., where she had lived for 25 years. Crider earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Ball State University and is currently working on her master’s degree in history, with a special focus on college student volunteerism during the 1964 Freedom Summer, also known as the Mississippi Freedom Project.
Crider study interest also includes African-American images in post-World War II popular culture. She has presented papers at several conferences including the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference and the American Midwest History conference.
While living in Muncie, she served as a board member of many civic organizations and advisor to the Mayor's Youth Council. She worked as program coordinator for Muncie's Commission on the Social Status of Black Males and served on the United Way speaker's bureau. Crider is an advocate and consultant to youth-serving agencies. Her goal is to leave a legacy of social and civic activism, philanthropy and fresh thinking wherever she goes.
Crider is currently working with Community Partnerships for Youth, the National Youth Development Network, The National Collaboration for Youth and the ‘Journey‘ Youth Fellowship on a plan for encouraging universities to develop an across the curriculum major or certification in youth development. In her free time she enjoys travel, reading, writing and crocheting. After completing her master's, she hopes to pursue a doctorate in American studies.