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The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) was the first successful trade union of African American workers in the United States. It began in New York City on Aug 25, 1925, by a small group of Pullman Porters and A. Philip Randolph, an editor and labor advocate. Milton P. Webster, a former porter, began organizing the Chicago Division of the
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring
Evalyn Hamilton, the first coordinator of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, was also active in “Go On Girl! Book Clubs” in Chicago.
Fanniemae Summerower was a schoolteacher, mathematics consultant, philanthropist and widow of real estate broker James Summerower. The couple was prominent in elite Chicago social organizations.
“Go On Girl!,” an African American book club, was the vision of three girlfriends, Monique Greenwood, Lynda Johnson and Tracy Mitchell-Brown, in 1991 and has developed into a national book club with over 25 chapters. Its mission is to expand the African American reading experience, concentrating on authors from the African diaspora. In 1995, the Club became a legally incorporated
Les Cameos is an African American women’s social organization founded in 1951 as a group of mothers of Girl Scouts, but which continued as a club with parties and charitable events.
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
This collection contains the personal papers and a collection of the personal and professional publications of Lloyd and Emma Lewis, reflecting their careers as minister and teacher, and librarian, respectively. It also documents the Lewis’ continued interest in African American history and civil rights.
Mellissia Elam came to Chicago in 1876 from Missouri. She established a club home for working girls in 1919; it became a center for social and cultural activities. Ms. Elam belonged to Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. After her death in 1941, the work at Elam Home was carried on by Lauretta Peyton.
The primary purpose of the Phyllis Wheatley Association was to provide a home for young African-American women who had come to Chicago for employment. The collection consists of programs, reports, and a constitution pertaining to the purpose and objectives of the Phyllis Wheatley Association.
The collection was donated by Sarah Ozella in effort to preserve documentation on Maudelle Bousfield, the first African American woman teacher/dean/principal of Wendell Phillips HS.
Venona Johnson’s papers include materials on the Chicago Chapter of the Girlfriends, a social and philanthropic club.
The Roanoke, Virginia Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority was founded at Howard University in 1920.