A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. James Stewart is President of ASALH’s Manasota Chapter. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Penn State University where he also held the positions of Vice Provost for Educational Equity and Director of the Black Studies Program. A past President of the National Economic Association, the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, he remains active in these organizations. Jim advises the Pittsburgh public schools regarding educational equity initiatives, and serves as President of Indaba Planning Consultants, which provides specialized strategic planning services for African American organizations.
Stewart and his wife, Dr. Caryl Sheffield, moved from Pittsburgh to Sarasota in 2015. They are the proud parents of four adult daughters, Talibah, Chavonna, Lorin, and Jaliya. Four grandsons and one grand daughter are the great delight of their lives, and Jim and Caryl relish the regular visits from members of the Sheffield-Stewart clan. In his spare time Jim enjoys playing racquetball several days a week. He is also an avid card player and takes advantage of every opportunity to revel in his favorite games, Bid Whist and Bridge.