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Dr. Malcolm Frierson is an author and award-winning college professor. After completing undergraduate study at Jackson State University, he relocated to Houston and taught science in middle schools. He also explored his talent as a stand-up comedian. Performances with Arnez J, Deon Cole, Nephew Tommy, and many others are part of his good ol' days!

Malcolm's passion for the study, promotion, and celebration of the African American experience quickly landed him in graduate school. Post-baccalaureate work at Texas Southern University, where he earned a Master's degree, and the University of Miami fed his curiosity abundantly. Malcolm's Ph.D. in African American History from the University of Memphis continues to open doors that allow him to share his interests and scholarship across the world.

Freedom in Laughter, Malcolm's nonfiction book about African American comedy during the Civil Rights Movement, is his groundbreaking new release. Beyond writing, Malcolm enjoys listening to music, making new friends, and traveling with his wife and best friend, Nicole. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.


The Malcolm Frierson Foundation was founded in 2006 as a non-profit public charity. Its mission is to promote the academic success of African American youth. MFF highlights leadership, service, and celebration of Black life and culture.

The Marcus Garvey Scholarship Program honors the late Jamaican-born activist and organizer who served as the voice of uplift for millions of African descendants worldwide in the early twentieth century. For fifteen years, MFF has awarded scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who share Garvey’s spirit of leadership, service, and appreciation of Black life and culture. Please click here to download the 2022 application.

Congratulations to Samara W. at the University of Oregon, recipient of the 2021 Marcus Garvey Scholarship award!

The Earnest Frierson Memorial Scholarship recognizes the life and contributions of one of Mississippi's most loyal sons. Born in Tupelo in 1943, Earnest Frierson earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State University, respectively. He championed initiatives to improve Jackson, his home for more than fifty years, and the state of Mississippi at large. Before retiring as an educator, Earnest Frierson supported his four children through graduation from Jim Hill High School and three Mississippi colleges/universities. The Earnest Frierson Memorial Scholarship is a one-time $500 award available to seniors at Jim Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Applications will be available in late spring 2022.

Congratulations to Anaziah L., recipient of the 2021 Earnest Frierson Memorial Scholarship!


Dr. Malcolm Frierson

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