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Abdul Alkalimat is former director of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamaign.
The Afro-American Studies program (AASP) was formally started in March 1971 through the work of the AASP Committee and Dr. Milton A. Gordon, who was named the first director. The Afro-American Studies program was introduced to add the possibility of studying Black history and culture into the Loyola curriculum. In 1990 the name of the Afro-American Studies Program was changed
Leon Richard Forrest was born January 8, 1937 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago to Adelaide Green Forrest (1920-1964) and Leon Forrest, Sr. (1918-1971). Forrest served as chairman of the Northwestern African American Studies department from 1985 to 1994, and also held a professorship in the English department.The Leon Forrest Papers consist of 8 boxes spanning the years 1954 to
Leroy Bryant served as chair and professor of History and African American Studies at Chicago State University, and was active in civil rights work.
Educator, historian, and activist Madeline Stratton Morris was born in Chicago on August 14, 1906, the eldest of six children of John Henry Robinson and Estella Mae Dixon. Her mother was born in Chicago. Her father was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia and lived in Philadelphia before settling in Chicago, where he served in the Eighth Illinois Infantry and worked