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"Us and them" : the changing boundaries of acceptance and exclusion for incoming ethnic, religious, and racial groups in Rockford, Illinois, 1880-1933

The dissertation centers on the ethnic, racial, and religious history of Rockford, Illinois in an attempt to broaden knowledge of ethnic interaction and identity formation. This project examines the major ethnic and racial groups—Irish, Swedes, Italians, and African-Americans—that came to Rockford during these years. It explores the groups' interaction with each other, each group's acceptance by the larger community, the

Black Studies Center 1971-1987

In May 1968, the Black students on campus, inspired by the nationwide campaign for Black Studies, rallied before President Rhoten Smith and presented him with a list of seven grievances. The students declared the university a racist institution and demanded the establishment of a Black Studies program. As a result of this campaign the Center for Black Studies was created.

Lipscomb Collection : 1968 Democratic National Convention (Chicago) 1968

H. Alan Lipscomb became a Field Representative for the Northern Illinois University Swen Parson Library in August of 1968.  He collected research material pertaining to the Democratic National Convention of 1968 and acquired the passes and credentials which gave him access to all convention activities.

Nisi Shawl Papers 1953-2014

Nisi Shawl is an African-American science fiction and fantasy writer best known for her short stories. She was born in 1955 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  At 16, she moved and enrolled at the University of Michigan's Residential College.  Due to her experiences at the University, she decided to pursue other options and later moved to a house called Cosmic Plateau and

Nnedi Okorafor Papers 2005-2009

Nnedimma Nkemdili "Nnedi" Okorafor Teaches at Chicago State University.

People Who Care Records (Rockford) 1969-2007

People Who Care was established March 19, 1989 by a group of concerned citizens and parents led by Ed Wells and Larry Curtin.  They opposed Rockford School District #205's January 1989 plan “Together Toward a Brighter Tomorrow” which sought to reduce costs for the school district by closing ten schools and restructuring others.  People Who Care’s two biggest concerns were

Perceptions and reflections about educational opportunity among Northern Illinois African American adults : a case study of C.H.A.N.C.E. alumni

The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of 20 African Americans who graduated from Northern Illinois University, a predominantly White institution, with the assistance of CHANCE (Counseling Help and Assistance Necessary for a College Education), an educational opportunity program (EOP). This case study focused on the long-term perceptions of these alumni and included an indepth examination of

Rockford Urban Ministries Records 1962+

The Rockford Urban Ministries is a program developed by the Rockford District of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1962 to meet pressing social problems of people living within the city which were not being met by any other institutional structures at that time. Through the efforts of the District Superintendent, Merlyn Northwest, and concerned Methodists

Willard Motley Papers

Willard Motley was born on July 14, 1909 into a middle class family in Chicago and grew up in the almost exclusively white neighborhood of Englewood. In fact, the Motley family was the only African-American family in their immediate neighborhood. Willard Motley was born to Florence Motley, but was raised by Florence's parents, Archibald Motley, Sr., and Mary "Mae" Motley.