President Carlton Brown and Dr. Stephanie Evans have commissioned a sculpture by Ayokunle Odeleye. We offer a likeness of Dr. Du Bois in remembrance of his esteemed service to the institution and to honor his contributions worldwide. The bust will be dedicated to the Clark Atlanta University campus on Saturday, February 23, 2013--Dr. Du Bois's birthday--during the W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference.
In January 2013, a group of 15 CAU students, faculty and alumni met at Odeleye Studios in Stone Mountain to assist with moving the 350 pound clay model to Kennesaw State University, where it will be completed. Professor Odeleye offered cultural and historical context, Dr. Candy Tate provided comments from her art history background, Dr. Evans read passages from The Souls of Black Folk, and Black Arts Movement photographer Mr. Jim Alexander was on hand to document the moment. Moving the bust was no small task, but these Panthers will forever remain a part of this foundational history.