Reginald Watson

Reginald Watson 11.13.15

Reginald, originally from Morristown, New Jersey, now lives in Greenville, North Carolina where is associate professor of English at East Carolina University and the first African American male to earn tenure in the ECU English Department. He holds a B.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, an M.A. from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among other publication projects, he is currently working on a scholarly book that deals with biracial characters in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century.

Reginald has published several journal articles along with three plays: “A Black History Play”, “The Kwanzaa Story”, “I’ve Seen The Mountaintop, But it Don’t Look so Good,” a play about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s resurrection; and “The Princeville Play: A History” which was written for fourth-graders in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and Princeville, North Carolina. In 1993 Reginald founded a student theatrical group at ECU called the Thespians of Diversity.

Active in the Greenville community, he currently serves as Chair of the City of Greenville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and is Chair Emeritus of the state-wide voting rights organization Democracy NC. Reginald has also served the Council by participating in the Road Scholar program. An Army veteran, he has several medals, including two Army Commendation Medals. Reginald is also on the Advisory Committee for the state-wide organization, Freedom Monument Project.