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Iva Carruthers

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue and Purple
Favorite Food:
Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wherever It's Warm
Favorite Quote:
Nothin' But A God

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue and Purple
Favorite Food:
Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wherever It's Warm
Favorite Quote:
Nothin' But A God

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Noted educator and social advocate Iva A. Carruthers was born on April 5, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. Carruthers attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in 1967 with B.A. degrees in sociology and French. After completing her undergraduate studies, Carruthers enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, receiving both an M.A. in counselor education and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1972.

After finishing graduate school, Carruthers became a professor of sociology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. In 1979, while still teaching, Carruthers founded Nexus Unlimited, an information and educational technology firm, and served as the company's president.

Carruthers has also become well known for using her ministry as a vehicle for addressing social issues, particularly those involving people of African descent both here and abroad. She authored The Church and Reparations - An African American Perspective, which was distributed at the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, where she also served as a delegate. In December of that year, Carruthers became president of the Urban Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit, interdenominational organization that assists African and African American communities with education, healthcare and community development.

Carruthers is a recipient of numerous awards, honors, and postdoctoral fellowships, such as the 1999 Life Achievement Award from Northeastern Illinois University; the 2000 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, from the National Foundation of Women Legislators and the Small Business Administration; and Ebony's Outstanding Mother Award for Mentoring in 2001. She is a frequent guest speaker at the national and international level, an author and editor of numerous publications, and serves as a trustee for several organizations, including the Chicago Theological Seminary and the John Henrik Clarke Institute for African Research. In 2001, she received a master's degree in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

A widow of the late Ralph Wells, Carruthers is the mother of two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Iva Carruthers narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Slating of Iva Carruthers' interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Iva Carruthers lists her favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Iva Carruthers talks about her maternal and paternal family histories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Iva Carruthers talks about her father and family life growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Iva Carruthers explains the history of the African American community in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Iva Carruthers talks about her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Iva Carruthers talks about being raised by her community in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers talks about the importance of the A.M.E. church to her family, and to the African American community in general
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Iva Carruthers describes being an avid reader as a child and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Iva Carruthers recalls experiencing instances of racial discrimination in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Iva Carruthers remembers leading a walk-out at Evanston Township High School following the Birmingham, Alabama bombing in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Iva Carruthers talks about her interest in sociology as a student at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Iva Carruthers talks about getting married as a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago [UIC] in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Iva Carruthers talks about the death of her husband and the scholarship she created in his name at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Iva Carruthers describes getting her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and later teaching at Northeastern Illinois University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers talks about the origin of the Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Iva Carruthers describes the Communiversity at the Center for Inner City Studies in Chicago, Illinois and the scholars there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Iva Carruthers talks about her relationship with historian John G. Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Iva Carruthers talks about reconciling her identity as an African woman and a Christian woman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Iva Carruthers talks about Chicago, Illinois as a center of African American thought, activism and art in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Iva Carruthers talks about meeting Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers describes meeting Carlos and Shawna Moore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Iva Carruthers describes Cheikh Anta Diop's participation in a 1974 UNESCO Symposium in Cairo, Egypt
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Iva Carruthers discusses eugenics as it relates to racism and her father's kidney transplant
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Iva Carruthers describes her relationship with John Henrik Clarke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Iva Carruthers describes John Henrik Clarke's background and the type of man he was
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Iva Carruthers talks about what drives her to educate others about African American history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Iva Carruthers talks about her business, Nexus Unlimited
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Iva Carruthers describes going to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and her call to social justice ministry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Iva Carruthers talks about her piece, 'The Church and Reparations: An African American Perspective'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Iva Carruthers talks about the Orita Foundation and being president of Urban Outreach Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Iva Carruthers talks about Pan-African theopraxis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Iva Carruthers describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Iva Carruthers reflects upon her legacy