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Song of the Black Valiants: Marching Tempo / High Ground: A Collection of Poems  / Negro soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans

I am New Orleans: A Poem / Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900 /  The Liberty Monument

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Letter 28

Christian notified of Rosenwald Fund Fellowship

 

 

JULIUS ROSENWALD FUND

4901 Ellis Avenue

Chicago, Illinois

April 21, 1943 

 

Dear Mr. Christian:

It is a pleasure to inform you that you have been selected by the Committee on Fellowships of the Julius Rosenwald Fund to receive a grant of one thousand six hundred dollars ($1,600) to enable you to continue work on THE HISTORY OF THE NEGRO IN LOUISIANA for a twelve month period. In the event that you join the armed forces before you have made substantial progress under this fellowship, it will be impossible to hold this grant for you.

Will you please let me know at once whether or not you can accept the fellowship? An announcement of the Committee's selections will soon be made, and it can include only those from whom acceptances have been received.

Sincerely yours, 

Mrs. William C. Haygood

Acting Director for Fellowships

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Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) founded the Museum of Science and Industry and built Sears Roebuck into the America’s leading mail order house. But his most lasting legacy may be little known. Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants, rose to become one of the wealthiest men in America as well as a beloved humanitarian whose commitment to social justice lead to historic change for black Americans.

Influenced by the social gospel espoused by Rabbi Emil Hirsch of Chicago Sinai Congregation, Rosenwald used his great wealth and talent for social good and justice. Reports are that he gave away $63 million.

Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Rosenwald spurred the establishment of 25 YMCA-YWCAs to serve African-Americans in cities across the U.S., including the Wabash Avenue YMCA in Chicago. (Existing Y’s at the time served only whites.) In addition, he established one of the nation’s first housing projects, on Chicago’s South Side, and, with challenge grants, seeded the creation of more than 5,000 schools for black children in southern states at a time when few received any public education.

In 1917, he established the Julius Rosenwald Fund, a charity for the economic, medical and cultural advancement of blacks in America, with an endowment of $30 million. He also gave about $6.6 million to establish the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and more than $4 million to the University of Chicago.

American merchant and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald was born and educated in Springfield, Ill., and served as vice-president and treasurer (1895) of the mail-order concern of Sears, Roebuck & Co. He became president of the company in 1910 and chairman of the board of directors in 1925.

He introduced the concept of mail-order business, and created one of the first savings and profit-sharing plans for employees.

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Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary. Julius Rosenwald

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Edith Rosenwald Stern was the daughter of Julius Rosenwald who was the head of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and also a philanthropist in Chicago. Edith married Edgar Bloom Stern, a prominent New Orleans businessman, in 1921. While Mrs. Edgar Stern focused her attention on establishing the Newcomb Nursery School and the Metairie Park Country Day School, Edgar was becoming involved in philanthropic pursuits as well as excelling as a business leader. 

In 1930 he was made planning chairman of the fundraising drive to merge two local African-American schools, Straight College and New Orleans University, into Dillard University. At the university’s founding, he became the first president of its board of directors, a post that Edith Stern filled after his death in 1959.

Both Sterns are buried at their showcase home, Longue Vue, in New Orleans.

The Rosenwald Fund for County Libraries

The Julius Rosenwald Fund in 1929 decided to offer aid to libraries in the southern states. According to the terms of the offer two libraries in each of the 13 states of the section would be helped to extend their service to include all residents of the county in which the library operated.

The conditions of the grant called for service to all elements of the population, city and rural, white and Negro. Emphasis was laid on service to rural people, and it was proposed that branch reading rooms be established and that books be carried also to people living in isolated sections of the open country. 

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Selected Letters  Selected Diary Notes

Memories of Marcus B. Christian (CainsChristian's BioBibliographical Record    Introduction to I AM NEW ORLEANS 

A Theory of a Black Aesthetic   Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity

Activist Works on Next Level of Change   Intro to I Am New Orleans   Letter from Dillard University

A Labor of Genuine Love  Letter of Gift of Photos   Letters from LSU and Skip Gates

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Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900

By Marcus Bruce Christian

 

Study of the blacksmith tradition and New Orleans famous lace balconies and fences.

Acclaimed during his life as the unofficial poet laureate of the New Orleans African-American community, Marcus Christian recorded a distinguished career as historian, journalist, and literary scholar. He was a contributor to Pelican's Gumbo Ya Ya, and also wrote many articles that appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and general-interest publications.

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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A Wreath for Emmett Till

By Marilyn Nelson; Illustrated by Philippe Lardy

This memorial to the lynched teen is in the Homeric tradition of poet-as-historian. It is a heroic crown of sonnets in Petrarchan rhyme scheme and, as such, is quite formal not only in form but in language. There are 15 poems in the cycle, the last line of one being the first line of the next, and each of the first lines makes up the entirety of the 15th. This chosen formality brings distance and reflection to readers, but also calls attention to the horrifically ugly events. The language is highly figurative in one sonnet, cruelly graphic in the next. The illustrations echo the representative nature of the poetry, using images from nature and taking advantage of the emotional quality of color. There is an introduction by the author, a page about Emmett Till, and literary and poetical footnotes to the sonnets. The artist also gives detailed reasoning behind his choices. This underpinning information makes this a full experience, eminently teachable from several aspects, including historical and literary—School Library Journal

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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