Professor Anita M. Diop is currently teaching African American and American History at Hopkinsville Community College and serves as the Adviser for the Minority Student Union and the History Club. She is also the Founder and Executive Director for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF). ARHF is a non-profit organization with a mission to share African Culture through public programs such as the African Roots and Heritage Festival which drew 19 African Nations together to plan and participate building the bridges between the Diaspora and the African continent. Their Motto is “Celebrating Our Heritage, while confronting the Challenges of being Black”.
Professor Diop specializes in the Culture and Arts and her scholarly works, include, Katherine Dunham: An African American Cultural Icon and various essays and articles. Professor Diop also is a travel photographer and has exhibited her photographic essay, entitled Eyes of the AfricanPrincess, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and many other government sites, colleges, and universities. To her credit she is also an award-winning short film Director and Producer.
In 2010 Anita was elected at the Ohio Representative or the Sixth Regional Diaspora Caucus and later became the International Representative to the African Union. She has sat on the 3rd and 4th Pan African Cultural Congress, and the 3rd Minister of Culture (CAMC3) and the Youth, Culture, and Sport (STC-YCS2). In 2018 she was elected as an Officer of the First African Union Pan African Writers Conference. The most recent accolade awarded to her in July 2021, Professor Diop became the Ambassador for the Sixth Region to the African Union (Acalan) African Academy of Languages.
She is known as the Spirit of Africa because of her passionate works on bringing cultural awareness and participating in the ongoing Africana Renaissance and uplifting African people no matter where they dwell.