Monday, April 8, 2013
African American Cultural Resource Center
Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson
Salem College, Winston-Salem North Carolina
" Free Radical: Enerst Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race"
This talk examines the political tenure of Ernest Chambers who served (1970-2009) as the lone African American member of the Nebraska Unicameral legislature. The presentation focuses on Chambers’ legislative and grassroot actvisim which deepens our knowledge of the Black Power Movement and Human Rights struggle in the Mid-West.
It highlights Chambers’ efforts to combat police brutality and his advocacy for the improvement of the lives of African Americans and the poor in Omaha and the entire state of Nebraska.
Tekla Ali Johnson is an assistant professor of History at Salem College in Winston -Salem North Carolina. She was born in Omaha Nebraska where she has been a long-time community activist. Professor Johnson‘s essays have appeared in the Journal of Black Studies: Race, Gender, and Class; Nebraska History; Comparative American Studies and numerous anthologies.
The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center provides competitive research support for tenure-track faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in 13 departments primarily within the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences: Africana Studies; Anthropology; Economics (College of Business); English and Comparative Literature; German Studies; History; Judaic Studies; Mathematical Sciences; Philosophy; Political Science; Romance Languages and Literatures; Sociology; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Annie Sinton Taft
Our mission is to promote scholarly research through fellowships and awards; foster critical conversations across disciplines; create and sustain an intellectual community for the exchange of ideas; and support lectures, conferences, seminars, study groups, and symposia in the Taft disciplines. Above all, we hope to fulfill and further Annie Sinton Taft's own vision of sustaining a "concentration of interest in the development of ideas."
In 1930, Annie Sinton Taft endowed the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund in honor of her late husband. Today, members of the Taft family serve as trustees of the endowment.
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