Jovonne Bickerstaff, PhD candidate in Sociology, Harvard University

Steppin’ into Black Space: Chicago Steppin’ as a Support Network for Enduring Black Couples

Ms. Bickerstaff conducted her research at Illinois Institute of Technology Archive’s Bronzeville Collection, and the Chicago History Museum’s Keepers of Culture Westside and Southside Collections.

Linda Chavers, PhD candidate in African and African American Studies/Literature, Harvard University

The Minds of Richard Wright

Research conducted at Chicago Public Library.

Ann Eskridge, Independent Scholar/Writer

From Coon to Rag: The Pekin Theater’s in Developing Chicago’s Black Tin Pan Alley

Ms. Eskridge conducted her research at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Columbia College’s Center for Black Music Research, Roosevelt University Library, Chicago Public Library, Chicago History Museum, and the Chicago Defender Archives.

Melissa Ford, PhD candidate in American Studies, St. Louis University

African American Working Women and Labor Activism in Chicago, 1920-1940

Ms. Ford conducted her research at the University of Illinois, Chicago Special Collections, the Chicago Public Library, the University of Chicago Special Collections, and the Chicago History Museum.

Lloren A. Foster, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Western Kentucky University

Opportunity or Experiment? Residential Segregation and the Issues of Community in Chicago’s Maple Park Neighborhood

Dr. Foster conducted research at University of Illinois, Chicago Special Collections and the Chicago Public Library.

Danielle Legros Georges, Writer, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Letter from the Congo

Ms. Legros conducted research at the Chicago Public Library and the University of Chicago, Special Collections.

Claudia Jacques, PhD candidate in Media Studies, Plymouth University, UK

Social Origins of Chicago’s New Negro Artists and Intellectuals: A Photographic Survey

Ms. Jacques conducted her research at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Collections and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tsitsi Jaji, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Classic Black: Art Songs by Black Composers as Poetry Criticism

Dr. Jaji conducted research at Columbia College’s Center for Black Music Research and the Chicago Public Library.

Sandy Jordan, Independent Scholar, Genealogist

Clifford Jordan’s Jazz Experience and How it Influenced his Contributions to the Jazz World

Ms. Jordan conducted her research at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the University of Chicago Special Collections.

Amy M. Mooney, Professor of Art and Design, Columbia College, Chicago

Strategies for Visualizing Chicago’s Cultural Capital: The Black Portrait

Dr. Mooney conducted research at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Collection and the University of Chicago Special Collection.

Dr. Rob Prince Obey, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, Huron, OH

Reclaiming Uncle Tom: Heroic Identity, Racist Minstrelsy Reversals, and the Tragic Paradox with James Baldwin’s “Everybody’s Favorite Protest Novel”

Dr. Obey will conduct research that will begin to answer the question of when the term “Uncle Tom” was first accepted by African Americans. Using resources available from the Consortium the project will utilize Plantation records and other documents in the Harsh Collection at the Chicago Public Library, rare film archives at Columbia College, Collections of the works of James Baldwin, and records of the Chicago Defender to piece together a narrative that will tell the story of how a heroic character created by Harriet Beecher Stowe was revised by misrepresentations of the character and how those misrepresentations were completely accepted by African Americans after the civil war. Dr. Obey will conduct his research at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection and Columbia College.

Debashree Sinha, PhD candidate, Department of English, University of Delhi, India

Lost Poets: Black Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Ms. Sinha conducted research at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Collection, Chicago State University Special Collections, and the DuSable Museum of African American History.

James West, PhD candidate, University of Manchester, UK

More than a Magazine: Ebony in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Mr. West conducted research at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Collection, Chicago State University Special Collections, the University of Illinois, Chicago Special Collections, and the DuSable Museum of African American History.