Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, a professor of English and longstanding member of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, was honored recently in a dedication ceremony at the University’s Communications Center.

Dr. Sheffey, a Morgan State alumna, has been a professor at the celebrated institution for more than 60 years, and is internationally renowned for scholarship and as an educator. She is also the founding president of the Zora Neal Hurston Society, and editor of the Zora Neal Hurston Review. Her name is now a part of Morgan State University history with the naming of The Ruthe T. Sheffey Lecture Hall in the School of Communications.

Dr. Sheffey has inspired such students as Pulitzer Prize winning writer James Alan McPherson, presidential speechwriter Terry Edmonds (Clinton Administration) and singer Toni Braxton.