Keith D. Parker, PhD

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Keith D. Parker, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He is a Mississippi native with a distinguished career spanning 32 years in higher education, administration, research, criminal justice, and university/community relations. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc. (NEEC) and Chair of the annual National Civil Rights Conference held each June in Meridian, Mississippi.

Dr. Parker is widely recognized for his outstanding professional achievements and service. Those honors include Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who Among African-Americans, Outstanding Young Men of America, Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame, the University of Nebraska “Fulfilling the Dream” Award, and many more.

Dr. Parker received his undergraduate degree from Delta State University and doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. He credits conversations he overheard in his youth from his grandparents with inspiring his lifelong devotion to civil rights and criminal justice. His areas of personal interest include Rural Sociology, African American Studies, and Sociology of Sports. Dr. Parker's specialization areas include Criminology & Delinquency, Social Stratification, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Social and Environmental Justice.