Huntington, WV Black History

Cicero Fain lll


Cicero M. Fain is a fourth-generation Black Huntingtonian who has made significant contributions as an educator, historian and author.

After graduating from Huntington High School, Fain continued his educational career at Marshall University, going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa University. He earned his master’s degree from the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. there in 2010.

He is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship from Marshall University. He was an assistant professor at Marshall University, a visiting assistant professor at Niagara University, professor at the College of Southern Maryland and a visiting diversity scholar at Marshall University.

Fain is the author of Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story and is working on his second book. He is a Marshall University Liaison and Steering Committee member, member of the Appalachian Studies Association and a member of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation. He serves as a member of ASALH (Association of the Study of African American Life and History) and is a member of the Editorial Board for West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies.

He is currently the Assistant Provost of Inclusive Education and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow at Marshall University.

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