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Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving Virtual Event: Tyrone McKinley Freeman in conversation with Tiffany M. Gill

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Oct 27, 2020   7:00 pm  
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Join Tyrone McKinley Freeman and Tiffany M. Gill for a virtual event celebrating the release of Freeman's new book Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow on October 27 at 7pm EST.

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About the Book: 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman's biography highlights how giving shaped Walker's life before and after she became wealthy. Poor and widowed when she arrived in St. Louis in her twenties, Walker found mentorship among black churchgoers and working black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting black women's entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism. Walker embedded her philanthropy in how she grew her business, forged alliances with groups like the National Association of Colored Women, funded schools and social service agencies led by African American women, and enlisted her company's sales agents in local charity and advocacy work. Illuminating and dramatic, Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving broadens our understanding of black women’s charitable giving and establishes Walker as a foremother of African American philanthropy.


About Tyrone McKinley Freeman: 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman’s work examines African American philanthropic agency in historical and contemporary contexts with an emphasis on the ways in which African Americans have used philanthropy to express their dignity and humanity as well as to survive and press for massive social reform. He is assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Previously, he was a professional fundraiser for social services, community development, and higher education organizations. He was also associate director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. His research has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, NewsOne, Blavity, The Conversation, Black Perspectives, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Stanford Social Innovations Review. He is co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (2011 Palgrave MacMillan). Tyrone is a proud HBCU graduate, having earned his B.A. in English/Liberal Arts from Lincoln University (PA). Follow him @mckinleytyrone.


About Tiffany M. Gill:

Dr. Tiffany M. Gill is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.  She is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry ( 2010 University of Illinois Press) which received the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians and co-editor of To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (2019 University of Illinois Press). Professor Gill’s research has been supported by various foundations, including the American Association of University Women and the National Endowment of the Humanities.  An award-winning teacher and a nationally recognized expert in African American Women’s History, fashion and beauty culture, business history, and travel and migration studies, she has provided expert commentary for various news outlets including National Public Radio, C-SPAN, CNBC, Vox, the Washington Post and New York Times. Dr. Gill has served as a consultant for international beauty retailer Sephora and as a historical advisor for Higher Ground, the film and television production company founded by President Barack and Michelle Obama.  Named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historian and a Regents’ Outstanding Teacher while on the faculty at the University of Texas, Gill has also been recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the top 25 women in higher education. Professor Gill is currently at work on a book chronicling the promise and peril of African American international leisure travel. You can find her on social media @SableVictorian.

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