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Jerry Gafio Watts was a professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center and a leading American scholar of Afro-American literature, culture, and politics. Notable works include Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Reflections on Ralph Ellison, Politics, and Afro-American Intellectual Life (1994) and Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual (2001).[1] Dr. Watts also wrote an "Open Letter to My Students and Anyone Else" discussing some of the challenges faced by students where he offers practical advice to doctoral students from personal experience and a long career in academia. This letter was posted in memoriam in Warscapes magazine.[2]


  1. ^ "Jerry Gafio Watts". The City University of New York Graduate Center English Department. Archived from the original on 2015-05-05.
  2. ^ Busch, Michael. "In Memoriam: Jerry Watts' Open Letter to Students." Warscapes. 17 November 2015.