History professor named one of most influential black leaders in Wisconsin

| Judy Berthiaume

Madison365, a nonprofit online magazine, has included Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, a UW-Eau Claire history professor, on its annual list of the most influential black leaders in Wisconsin.

In its Black Power list profile about her, the publication notes Ducksworth-Lawton’s expertise in African-American military, national security and civil rights history.

The magazine's profile also highlights her work as vice president of Uniting Bridges of Chippewa County, which organizes the Juneteenth and Martin Luther King celebrations in Eau Claire, and her service on the executive board of the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.

Also noted were Ducksworth-Lawton’s work advising the Eau Claire Police Department on cases involving race, and her training of officers on issues relating to racial biases.

Ducksworth-Lawton’s book, “Honorable Men: Armed Self Defense and the Deacons for Defense and Justice,” is expected to be published this year.

A former military analyst who has taught history at UW-Eau Claire for more than 24 years, Ducksworth-Lawton’s teaching specialties include U.S. social history, African-American history and military history.

The longtime faculty member was recently featured in a Blugold Spotlight video, in which she talks about her passion for teaching and her views on history’s role in today's society.

Ducksworth-Lawton also was recently featured in an article in Volume One, a popular local magazine and website. The article, "A Woman of Action: UW-Eau Claire Professor Improves Her Community by Doing," explains how her teaching, scholarship and service activities in her academic department, university and community have enriched one another.