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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Historian Charles Russell Branham was born on May 25, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles Etta Halthon and Joseph H. Branham. Branham graduated from Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1963. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rockford College in 1967 and earned his Ph.D. in history in 1980 from The University of Chicago where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Branham has been a professor of history at various colleges in Chicago, including Chicago State University and Roosevelt University. From 1974 through 1985, he taught at The University of Illinois at Chicago where he was awarded the Silver Circle Excellence in Teaching Award. From 1985 through 1991, Branham was an Associate Professor at Northwestern University, and from 1991 through 1997, an Associate Professor at Indiana University Northwest. In 1984, Branham began working as an historian at the DuSable Museum of Afro-American History where he served as Director of Education and is now Senior Historian. Branham is the author of many publications on African American history and politics, including The Transformation of Black Political Leadership in Chicago, 1865 – 1943.

Branham is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. He served on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Metro History Fair, DuSable Museum of African American History, the Illinois Humanities Council and on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Archives of the Blues Tradition. From 1989-1990, he was the Chairman of the United Way of Chicago’s Committee on Race, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination. In addition, Branham has served as a consultant to the Chicago Board of Education for their curriculum development for a Black History study unit. Branham also sat on the Board of Trustees for Rockford College from 1990 to 1992. He won an Emmy Award as the writer, co-producer and host of "The Black Experience," the first nationally televised series on African American History. In 1983, Branham was an expert witness in the PACI case which forced the City of Chicago to give greater political representation to African Americans, and in 1990, his testimony before the Chicago City Council laid the foundation for the city's minority business affirmative action program.

Branham was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 3, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham describes his mother's life in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham talks about Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham talks about Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Russell Branham describes his father
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham describes his earliest childhood memories
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham describes his home in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his influences during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Russell Branham remembers Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his speech at the American Legion Boys State
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his activities at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham recalls working for the Memphis World newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham remembers his teachers at Manassas High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham describes segregation in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham recalls civil rights efforts in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham recalls applying to Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham remembers his freshman year at Rockford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his experiences of racial discrimination at Rockford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham recalls developing his confidence at Rockford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham recalls meeting gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham recalls studying history at Rockford College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham recalls winning a Ford Foundation fellowship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham recalls working in factories in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his experiences at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham describes his studies at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham recalls teaching African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham describes his activism in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham remembers the Communiversity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham remembers 'The Black Experience,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham remembers 'The Black Experience,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham remembers 'The Black Experience,' pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham recalls completing his dissertation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham remembers being hired at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham recalls working on Harold Washington's first mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham recalls testifying about disenfranchisement in Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham reflects upon his interest in black history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham remembers working for the 1984 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham recalls designing an exhibit about Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham recalls joining the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham describes the DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Charles Russell Branham describes his publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Charles Russell Branham reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his exhibit on Provident Hospital, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham recalls his exhibit on Provident Hospital, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charles Russell Branham describes his work on 'The Killing Floor'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charles Russell Branham recalls testifying about the City of Chicago's affirmative action policy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charles Russell Branham describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Charles Russell Branham reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Charles Russell Branham reflects upon his family and friends
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Charles Russell Branham describes his experiences of police harassment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Charles Russell Branham recalls being threatened with a gun by a police officer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Charles Russell Branham describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Charles Russell Branham narrates his photographs, pt. 1
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