Dr. Michelle S. Hite is the Director of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, the Director of Prestigious International Fellowships, and the UNCF Mellon Mays Campus Coordinator at Spelman College. She is an associate professor in the English Department where her teaching and research interests include Death and Mourning in African American Culture and Toni Morrison.
Dr. Hite’s most recent meditation on Toni Morrison appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution after the author’s passing. She can also be heard discussing the cultural impact of Morrison’s loss in conversation with NPR’s Rose Scott. As an active member of the Toni Morrison Society, Dr. Hite has participated in two Bench by the Road placement ceremonies in Atlanta. One at South-View Cemetery, where she also sits on the advisory committee to the historic preservation board, and the other when the Inquirers Book Club placed the 18th Bench by the Road at the Robert Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center. Dr. Hite’s manuscript, Toni Morrison and Portraits of Human Richness is currently under-contract with McFarland Press.