Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Executive Director

Marcia Walker-McWilliams joined the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) as Executive Director in Fall 2019.  As the BMRC Executive Director, Marcia provides strategic leadership and operational management for the BMRC’s activities, and for working with members of the community and BMRC institutions to facilitate the discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections.  

Marcia received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago and a B.S. Ed. in Social Policy and African American Studies from Northwestern University.  She is the author of Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality with University of Illinois Press and conducted much of her research in the collections of BMRC institutions.  Prior to accepting this position, Marcia was Assistant Professor of History at Lone Star College and has previously taught at Prairie View A&M University and the University of Houston. She also brings administrative experience from her time as an Associate Director of Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership. Marcia has worked in archives on the Mapping the Stacks project in which she helped process several major archival collections at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of the Chicago Public Library including the Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers,  the Charles A. Hayes Papers and the Rev. Addie Wyatt and Rev. Claude Wyatt Papers. She went on to work with the Harsh Archival Processing Project and processed the Chicago SNCC History Project Archives and the Lucy Smith Collier Papers.  She also served as a guest curator for a yearlong exhibit on the life and legacy of Rev. Addie Wyatt in 2013 at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of the Chicago Public Library.

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