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Athena M. King, PhD, MPA Co-author – The Passions of Our Culture Athena M. King, PhD, MPA is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jackson State University (JSU). Dr. King holds a PhD in Political Science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Her primary field of study is American Politics, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic politics in the United States, African American politics, urban policy, electoral behavior, and American political development. King’s current research projects include projects on implicit bias against women faculty in the Academy, black electoral complexity, environmental justice, and a book proposal on policy entrepreneurs who foster new or entrench existing racial/ethnic policies in the United States. She has published in the National Political Science Review, The Journal of Race and Policy, and 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests (for which she and her co-authors received Emerald Group Publishing Limited’s Outstanding Author Contribution Award in 2014 for Research in Race and Ethnic Relations). Additionally, she has co-authored book chapters on Minority Voting in the United States and Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership. Additionally, Dr. King has taught at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Framingham State University, and Eastern Michigan University. Dr. King authored the introduction in the anthology “The Passion of our Culture.”

Athena M. King, PhD

Athena M. King, PhD, MPA
Co-author - The Passions of Our Culture

Athena M. King, PhD, MPA is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jackson State University (JSU).

Dr. King holds a PhD in Political Science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Her primary field of study is American Politics, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic politics in the United States, African American politics, urban policy, electoral behavior, and American political development. King's current research projects include projects on implicit bias against women faculty in the Academy, black electoral complexity, environmental justice, and a book proposal on policy entrepreneurs who foster new or entrench existing racial/ethnic policies in the United States.

She has published in the National Political Science Review, The Journal of Race and Policy, and 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests (for which she and her co-authors received Emerald Group Publishing Limited's Outstanding Author Contribution Award in 2014 for Research in Race and Ethnic Relations).

Additionally, she has co-authored book chapters on Minority Voting in the United States and Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership. Additionally, Dr. King has taught at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Framingham State University, and Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. King authored the introduction in the anthology “The Passion of our Culture.”

Author's books

The Passion of Our Culture: Curated by Prosperity Publications

The Passion of Our Culture” is an anthology conceived of love, respect, and appreciation for black culture. Prosperity Publications has compiled an anthology containing fiction and non-fiction stories by a wide range of authors, including NBA legend George Gervin and the late President of 100 Black Men Thomas Dortch as well as other notables.

The anthology offers a distinct perspective from each author presented in this literary work, which offers a glimpse at both fiction and non-fiction works. We have found ourselves asking, “Are we better off today than we were before?” as we navigate the 21st century. “Are all the sacrifices made in the last century for naught?”

The foreword is written by James Pickens Jr., who has entertained millions both on stage and television in the award-winning series “Grey’s Anatomy.”

It was written in honor of our ancestors, who were our civil rights heroes. This anthology showcases fiction as well as nonfiction to illustrate the uniqueness that exists among us. As we find ourselves on the cusp of the erasure and rewriting of our culture in contemporary times, this anthology is not only a celebration of the beauty of our culture but also a link to our history.

Several trailblazers and heroes of the civil rights movement are presented in the anthology, many of whom often defied death to demand and espouse change. “Write the vision and make it plain,” as the book of Habakkuk states. This book seeks to entertain, educate, and enlighten all of us as we journey together to embrace the passion of our culture.”


Anthology participants:

Foreword by James Picket, Jr. of Grey’s Anatomy
Thomas Dortch, President of the 100 black men of America
Nevil Shed, Former NBA Player
Michael Booker, NFL Player
Toschia Moffett
Dr. Loren D. Alves
Earl Blanche, Jr.
George Gervin
Rhonda Lawson
Chef Jerome Brown
Norma Bradford
Lamont Lowery
Chef Jerome Brown
Jeffrey Gunter
Claude Williams
George Miller
Frederick Williams
JW Sanders
Margaret Richardson
David Floyd
Sephira Shuttlesworth
Cary Clack