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Open to “any black woman interested in advancing the cause of Black feminism”, the National Alliance of Black Feminists (NABF) was a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to achieving full equality for Black women in America. Formed in the summer of 1975, the organization which became NABF started in 1974 as the Chicago Chapter of the New York based National Black
Cardiss Collins was the Democratic Representative in the United States House of Representatives from the 7th district in Illinois. Collins served from 1973-1997, after being elected to the 93rd Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, George Washington Collins. Collins was the first African American woman to represent the Midwest in Congress
Founded in 1914 as the Evanston Sanitarium and Training School, the Community Hospital of Evanston was created when the Sanitarium merged with The Booker T. Washington Association of Evanston in 1930. The Community Hospital of Evanston was the first African American medical center north of the Chicago loop, and it was only one of four area hospitals to accept African-American
Founded in 1917 by Mrs. Eva Rouse and a small group of women, the Iroquois League sought to provide “a safe, supervised and economical home for Negro working girls.” The home, later called the North Shore Community House, was opened in 1924 on the corner of Garrett and Ridge Avenue and despite financial hardships through 1927, by 1929 the League
Julian Herman Lewis (1891-1989) was a pathologist, educator, and author of The Biology of the Negro (1942), a groundbreaking investigation of contemporary scientific data and literature on African-American physiology and pathology that resisted and rebuked scientific notions of racial inferiority. His wife, Eva Overton Lewis (1893-1945), was the daughter of entrepreneur Anthony Overton and a graduate of the University of
Church and convention programs, biographical materials, photographs, meeting announcements, and other papers of Mattie Mae Rucker, a Chicagoan who is active in the Baptist church.
Michael Reese Hospital was founded on the near south side of Chicago in 1881 with a mandate to treat patients regardless of race, creed, or nationality. From 1890 to 1981, the hospital operated a training program for nurses. The Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing Student Enrollment records include student applications for admission, academic records, and photographs. The collection is
Established in October of 1990, NUBIA (Northwestern University Black-Wimmin In Action) was formed to address the needs of African-American women—faculty, staff, and students—at Northwestern University. The mission of NUBIA was to promote advancement, equitable treatment, and employment opportunities for black women at Northwestern University. NUBIA fulfilled its mission by organizing events and speakers geared toward its membership but open to
Ruth Montrose was a social worker active in the National Council of Negro Women, the League of Black Women, the National Association of Black Social Workers, and the Chicago Urban League.
Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs. Also contains Alfreda M. Duster's (Wells' daughter) working copies of the autobiography which Duster edited. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass and