Justin Reid

Justin Reid
  • Class of 2009
  • Hometown: Cumberland County, VA
  • Archived Blogger

About Justin Reid

I was born in Richmond, but raised just outside the Town of Farmville in Southside Virginia (Google: Davis v. County School Board). I guess you could say I’m the product of a reversed “Great Migration.” After finishing college, my parents moved to New York, then Richmond, but they wanted to raise my two older sisters and me the way they were brought up – near family. So a few years before I was born, they returned to their childhood home – Cumberland County, VA – and that’s where we’ve been ever since.

I grew up going swimming and fishing every summer at Bear Creek Lake, riding bikes around my grandparents’ home (which had once been their family farm), and hanging out in my late grandfather’s pool hall. I think spending so much time with my grandparents is the reason I wanted to become a history professor. I majored in American Studies with a minor in Global/African Studies.

While attending William & Mary I traveled to Africa twice – first to Tanzania as a member of the student-run international service organization, AIDSTanzania, and secondly to South Africa through a summer study abroad program. I also studied in Southern France. I was a volunteer and advocate in the local public schools beginning freshman year and I served as president of the William & Mary NAACP.

I definitely grew A LOT during my four years at W&M. It wasn’t always easy, but I can honestly say that joining the Tribe was the best choice I could’ve ever made.

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Go Tribe! Hark Upon the Gale.


Posts by Justin Reid

27th President

You meet Queen Elizabeth II, hear the words of Desmond Tutu not once, but twice, have deep discussions with Sandra Day O’Connor and watch Governor Kaine casually stop by for

“For Colored [Boys]…”

I recently heard a statistic that said the suicide rate among African-American men is rising.  For me, this statistic hit home this week.  Someone

Civil Rights, Fried Fish & Family (1)

jet lag (noun): fatigue and disorientation from long flight: an internal physical disturbance experienced by air travelers on flights across different time zones. It affects

Civil Rights, Fried Fish & Family (2)

And then, the weekend arrived.  I was excited because it was Cousins' Weekend.  My mom's family is pretty big; she's the youngest of nine! 

“People Make The World Go Round”

Tonight's the last night I'll spend in South Africa.  I can't leave without mentioning all those who made my short time here worthwhile.  The Stylistics said it best: "People make the

Kruger Park (and Cape Town Withdrawal)

I feel like I was snatched from my home in the middle of the night, taken away from all my friends, and dropped off in the

Stellenbosch: The “Last Bastion”

The first South African woman I ever met was from Stellenbosch – South Africa's wine country. During my connecting flight from Jo'burg to Cape Town, she raved

“Are You African-American?” (3)

My racial analysis is clearly oversimplified; in real life it's a lot more complicated and harder to differentiate. Oftentimes "black" is used as an

“Are You African-American?” (2)

Even with my considerable knowledge about race and race relations, discussing race in South Africa has been one of the most difficult and confusing