The fellowship is designed to foster classroom innovation and teaching and diversify curricula while broadening student learning and research skills. Award recipients receive a $7,500 award and the opportunity to demonstrate how faculty can creatively incorporate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into a semester course and syllabus.
Christian’s UIC course, “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud! Writing About African Americans in the Media,” will use The HistoryMakers Digital Archive to explore the role of the Black media in political, social and cultural coverage with regards to representation, dissemination, innovation and education. She is the author of Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built.
Students will evaluate misconceptions and misrepresentations about African Americans, engage in scholarly research to uncover strategies utilized in contributing to more inclusivity, and identify the diverse narratives employed within The HistoryMakers Digital Archive to understand why who controls the narrative matters in the media.
“The fellowship’s first two years proved The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is a unique electronic resource that works well in-person or over video-sharing platforms like Zoom. This year, I am so pleased by the caliber of applications received and look forward to what engaging discussion and research spring from use of the archive,” said Julieanna L. Richardson, founder and president of The HistoryMakers.
Other recipients include the following:
- Anastasia Bailey, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Business School
- Liseli Fitzpatrick, Lecturer, Department of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
- Danielle Gray-Singh, Professor, Biological Sciences, Clark Atlanta University
- Steven Keener, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Christopher Newport University
- Ngozi Ndule, Adjunct Instructor, Howard University School of Law
- Chatee Richardson, Assistant Professor, Education, Spelman College