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The study of the lengthy and, perhaps, never-ending struggle of the African American people in the United States led University of Maryland Professor Ira Berlin to receive the W. E. B. Dubois Medal for 2014 from Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies. Berlin, a professor at the University of Maryland’s history department, is a leading expert in African American studies. His interest in African American studies grew out of a tumultuous time in American history. “It was during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and I was involved in a modest way,’’ Berlin said. “I