James Jackson, Who Changed the Study of Black America, Dies at 76

James S. Jackson, who changed the way scholars examined Black life in the United States, leading to new insights on health, social support systems and more, when he founded the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan in 1976, died on Sept. 1 at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 76.

His wife, Toni C. Antonucci, said the cause was pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Jackson, a social psychologist, shook up the research field with the program’s first major project, the…

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