This exhibit highlights activities of individual Black alumni, staff, students, and faculty. It was created in January 2022 as a complement to the Merwin Gallery's Celebrating Blackness exhibit. The exhibit logo was created by Rick Smith, Class of 2022.

These brief selections are based on the electronic records that were donated to the University's archives and can be hosted in our institutional repository Digital Commons @ IWU. If you are curious about other activities that may be represented in the archives, or if you are interested in adding your or your group’s materials, email or arrange to visit Tate Archives & Special Collections on The Ames Library's 4th floor.

Nicole Brown
Oral Histories

This section contains personal narratives provided by Black members of IWU's community. Each individual's page has text embedded from the interview or event (when available) and a link to either an audio or video for the interview or event.

Honors Projects

This section contains the fulltext of student works that address aspects of Blackness. All Honors works completed by IWU students are available on this page of the repository. Fulltext access to some may be unavailable at the authors' request.

John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

This section primarily contains abstracts for student works that address aspect of Blackness. Posters or other presentation formats are available when the authors donated them.

Faculty scholarship and Departmental activities
Faculty scholarship and Departmental activities

This section contains examples of faculty & staff work that explores, promotes or supports different aspects of Blackness. Some full text may be restricted to IWU IP ranges or logins or due to publisers' agreements.