Announcing the Timuel Black Essay Contest

Honoring the life and legacy of Timuel Black - an educator, organizer, activist, and historian who contributed to and celebrated Chicago's rich African American history! Students, grades 9-12, currently enrolled and attending a high school in Chicago are eligible to enter the contest.


Photo credit: Chicago Tribune, 2021


THE BMRC has an opening for an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!

The Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) provides strategic leadership and operational management for the BMRC’s activities. In partnership with the BMRC Board of Directors, the Executive Director develops and implements the BMRC Strategic Plan, sets goals and priorities, and pursues funding opportunities to support BMRC initiatives. The Executive Director is responsible for the Consortium's day-to-day management and operations. The Executive Director serves as the principal spokesperson for the BMRC to raise its profile both locally and nationally to develop new partnerships, recruit new members, and spread awareness of BMRC activities and programs. The Executive Director works closely with the Board on consortium policies, protocols, governance, grant applications and especially fundraising initiatives. The Executive Director also manages the relationships with current members to ensure their needs are met and their interests are represented.

To view the full job description use the link below.


Discover archives on Black experiences near you!

Find out about many of Chicago's rich primary resources related to Black history and culture now made accessible in one place! The BMRC Archives Portal helps researchers of all ages and levels to broaden and refine their search for information about collections held within member institutions -- including libraries, special collections and archives, museums, and community organizations.

Image: Ida B. Wells, activist, journalist, teacher, and anti-lynching crusader, pictured wearing a button she created to publicize a memorial service for African American combatants court-martialed and hanged in Houston. -- University of Chicago Library, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center

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