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Fannie Rushing

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
African Diaspora Historian
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/3/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
African Diaspora Historian
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/3/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Specializing in the history and culture of African people in Latin America and the Caribbean, Professor Fannie Theresa Rushing was born in Chicago on February 3, 1943, and grew up in the community of Hyde Park. With family roots in Holly Springs and Meridian, Mississippi, Rushing traces her ancestors back four generations, three of which were college graduates on her mother’s side. Her paternal great uncle, the Reverend Charles Wesley Burton, earned a B.D. from Yale University and was a confidant of A. Phillip Randolph.

As a volunteer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Rushing developed a keen interest in the civil rights movement while still at Hirsch High School. In 1961, Rushing briefly attended University of Illinois before serving as a SNCC field secretary and Freedom School teacher from 1962 to 1966.The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Rushing earned a B.A. in anthropology from Roosevelt University in 1974 and an M.Ed. in psychology from Chicago State University in 1986. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1992. Her dissertation is entitled Cabildos de Nacion, Sociedades de la Raza de Color: AfroCuban Participation in Slave Emancipation and Cuban Independence 1865-1895.

As coordinator of the Southern Africa Program of the American Friends Service Committee from 1976 to 1977, Rushing organized a major international conference on Trans National Corporations and Southern Africa. She has taught several courses over the years including: The African Diaspora in Latin America, Black Resistance in the Americas, Race and Power in Contemporary Brazil, and Culture and Literature of the Caribbean. She has also worked as Director of Minority Services at Rosary College, and as a lecturer at Northwestern University, Governors State University, Dominican University, Columbia College, University of Illinois, and DePaul University. Rushing is currently an associate professor in the Department of History at Benedict University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fannie Rushing's interview, session one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing talks about her interest in her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing remembers her great-uncle Charles Wesley Burton, the founder of Lincoln Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing describes her mother's upbringing and subsequent work as a cook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fannie Rushing describes her father's work as a blacksmith for the Pullman Company in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing talks about her father's reaction to losing his job at the Pullman Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing describes her childhood in Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing describes her love of reading and other hobbies from her childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing describes her time at Kozminski Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing describes racial prejudice at Hirsch High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing describes her studies and interests at Hirsch High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing describes her early experiences with the Civil Rights Movement while at Hirsch High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing describes her relationship with the school community at Hirsch High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing describes her activist efforts while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing describes her parents' reaction to her decision to leave the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing describes being terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan in Cordele, Georgia during the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing describes being terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan in Cordele, Georgia during the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing talks about the goals and operations of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Fannie Rushing's interview, session two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing talks about the United States government's efforts to destabilize the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing describes her travels to Mexico in 1966 and 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing relates her reactions to the 1973 military coup in Chile
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing talks about the leadership of SNCC traveling to Africa in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing talks about studying anthropology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing describes her early work studying the African Diaspora in Latin America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fannie Rushing describes her work in support of African and Latin American liberation movements during the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing talks about the United States government's efforts to destabilize the Puerto Rican independence movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing describes activist causes, including efforts to create a socialist third party, during the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing talks about returning to school to get her Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing talks about the college courses she has taught on the African Diaspora
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing talks about distinctions between race and nationality in Latin American cultures
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing talks about the history of early liberation movements in Latin America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing talks about the role of religion in early liberation movements in Latin America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing talks about the role of Santeria in Cuban history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing talks about the history of slavery in Latin America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing describes the history of the favelas in Brazil
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing talks about the role of government-provided social services in combating poverty
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing talks about her plan to preserve the history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing talks about books about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Fannie Rushing talks about books about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Fannie Rushing describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Fannie Rushing considers what she would have done differently in her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Fannie Rushing talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Fannie Rushing reflects upon her legacy and the legacy of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Fannie Rushing reflects on the success of the liberation movement in South Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Fannie Rushing describes how she would like to be remembered