Timuel D. Black

Timuel D. Black Jr.

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    Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowships in African-American Studies

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., plans to grant one Timuel D. Black Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies for summer 2019. This short-term fellowship, for up to $2,500, is intended to support research by scholars, writers, educators, and institutional researchers using collections from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library. Applicants are welcome to submit applications on any topic that requires significant use of the Harsh collection. However, in anticipation of a new exhibit at the library on the Illinois Black Panther Party, the fellowship committee is particularly interested in research projects related to community organizing, coalition building, and/or Black radicalism. The fellowship period is for one month during summer 2019 (June-August). During their time in Chicago, the fellow is expected to give a public lecture related to their research in the Harsh Collection.
    The Timuel D. Black Jr. Short-term Fellow, must have exhibited excellence in their inquiries, have a significant body of work, and have demonstrated a need to conduct research in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature.

    The Vivian G. Harsh Society's Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship application is hosted on Submittable in collaboration with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. All applications must be submitted electronically (https://bmrc.submittable.com/submit) and must include a letter of interest, a project description, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.

    The Vivian G. Harsh Society's Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship competition is a separate fellowship program from the BMRC Short-term Fellowship program with a separate application process. Applicants are certainly welcome to apply for both fellowship programs.

    The Summer 2019 application deadline for the Timuel D. Black Short-term Fellowship is Monday, February 18, 2019 by 11:59pm (CST).

    Selection Process
    Applications for the Timuel D. Black Short-term Research Fellowship will be evaluated by a peer review panel consisting of scholars, educators, and community leaders, drawn from nominees provided by the Harsh Society and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

    Stipends for the short-term Fellowship will be up to $2,500 for a period of at least one month.
    The fellow will be provided with the following:

    1. Regular researcher access to the Harsh Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Library, including use of the manuscript room and normal borrowing privileges.
    2. Reserve shelves in the library/archive
    3. Opportunity to give a public lecture related to Harsh Collection research

    Additional questions about the 2019 fellowship, should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland (etoddbre@uic.edu) and include “Timuel D. Black Fellowship” in the subject line.

    The application process will close at 11:59pm (CST) February 18, 2019.
    Applicants will be notified of application results by the end of March 2019.

    About Timuel D. Black, Jr.
    Timuel D. Black, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago and author of the acclaimed Bridges of Memory histories of Black Chicago and a new memoir, Sacred Ground. Professor Black played a major role in many of the landmark struggles waged by African Americans in Chicago in the 20th century, including: education desegregation, the Chicago freedom movement, and the historic campaign to elect Harold Washington mayor. In December 2018, the Vivian G. Harsh Society was honored to co-sponsor several events celebrating Timuel D. Black Jr.'s continued activism and service to our community upon the occasion of his 100th birthday.

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowships in African American Studies is made possible by the generous support of individual contributions to the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Past supporters have included Ariel Investments, The Polk Bros. Foundation and Kraft Foods.

    The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund is intended to be self-sustaining, and an active contributor to the preeminence of the Collection. A goal of the Fund is to establish an endowment. This would, we believe, support the modest activities envisioned for the Fund in perpetuity.

    Sherry Williams, Bronzeville/Black Chicago Historical Society
    Professor Sonja Williams, Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film in the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University

    Brian Dollinar, PhD.,
    Professor, African-American Literature, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
    Gerald Butters, PhD.,
    History Department, Aurora University


    Bonnie Claudia Harrison, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago
    Worth K. Hayes
    , Assistant Professor, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

    Thabiti Lewis,
    Associate Professor of English, Washington State University

    LaGuana Gray,
    Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at San Antonio