Legacy Events

  1. Professor and Dept Head Jane Rhodes with 2018 Grace Holt Award recipients. From left to right: Jon-Tel Carter, Rasaan Booker, Prof. Jane Rhodes, Tauja Merriweather, and Regina Baker.
  2. Terrion Williamson, Assistant Prof of African American and African Studies, American Studies, and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at University of Minnesota. Terrion Williamson was the 2018 Grace Holt keynote speaker/guest. Williamson received her BA in English and AAST from UIC and is a former Grace Holt award recipient.
  3. Zakkiyyah Najeebah, photographic artist, educator, and documentarian, speaking to attendees at the Legacy Luncheon. Najeebah is pursuing her BA in Art History and AAST at UIC.

The Grace Holt Legacy Events serve the purpose to engage our community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni with emerging scholars and pressing issues in African American Studies as well as provide a space for reconnection and networking. We believe that training in African American Studies is critical for our students as they enter an increasingly tumultuous world and that we provide an important companion to many professions ranging from health care, to business, law, and public policy. This was Grace Holt’s vision and we are committed to sustaining it even in challenging times.

Last year’s Grace Holt Legacy Events were held March 14th-15th, 2018. Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Grace Holt Legacy Events! 

Women speaking in front of lecture audience.

On March 14th, at 4:00 PM, the Grace Holt Lecture was held in the Hull House Resident Dining Room. Dr. Terrion Williamson, UIC graduate and former Grace Holt Award recipient, delivered the lecture, “Bring Out Your Dead: Black Women, Serial Murder, & Communal Praxis. The presentation was followed by a discussion with audience members and a reception.


In honor of the founder of the department of the African American Studies: Grace Holt Celebration 2018, Lecture and Legacy Luncheon | March 14th-15th

The Legacy Luncheon was held March 15th at 12:30 PM at the African American Cultural Center. This was an opportunity for alumni and students to connect; the Grace Holt Awards were also presented during the luncheon.


Past Grace Holt Events