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Release: April 23, 2001
UI graduate student wins national competition for research funds
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lionel Kimble Jr., a University of Iowa graduate student,
has won a $1,000 award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH)
to assist with travel and other expenses related to his dissertation research.
Kimble, a Ph.D. student in history, will use the funds from the Huggins-Quarles
Award to travel to Washington D.C. for research at the National Archives and
at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University.
Named for Benjamin Quarles and the late Nathan Huggins, two scholars of
African American history, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually to minority
graduate students at the dissertation research stage of their Ph.D. program.
Kimble is the first UI graduate student to win the award, which was established
in 1994. He will travel to Los Angeles to attend the 2001 Annual Meeting of
the OAH and accept his award Friday, April 27.
Kimbles dissertation, "Combating the City of Neighborhoods: Housing,
Employment, and Civil Rights in Chicago, 1940-1955," seeks to uncover
the relationship between working-class African Americans and the federal,
state, and municipal government on issues of equal housing and improved employment
opportunities, and the implications these issues held for civil rights during
and immediately following World War II in Chicago. He will argue that the
struggle for racial democracy and issues of housing and employment, which
took place between 1940-1955, fostered the development of black political
activism at the community level.
He hopes to demonstrate that the changing power relationship between African
Americans, business, and the federal government that occurred during World
War II set the tone for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
He said his project will add to the important wartime story of black Chicago
and highlight both the racial and gender dimension of American citizenship.