Rushing recognized for work in civil rights and social justice movements

Rushing recognized for work in civil rights and social justice movements
March 24, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Fannie Rushing, Ph.D., professor of History at Benedictine University, has been selected by the Board of Trustees and staff of the DuSable Museum of African American History as one of 20 living African American women featured on “The Chicago Freedom Sisters Wall” for her efforts on behalf of civil rights and social justice. “The Chicago Freedom Sisters Wall” is part of “Freedom Sisters,” a national touring exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the Cincinnati Museum Center. The project celebrates women who were instrumental in the struggle for rights for African Americans in the 19th century to the present. Rushing, who traces her roots back four generations to Mississippi, was born in Chicago and grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. She developed a keen interest in the civil rights movement while a student at Hirsch High School and became a volunteer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Rushing spent many years working for the liberation and independence of southern Africa, particularly Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. Rushing worked closely with the late human rights activist Ella Baker, with whom she helped to build the Mass Party, a non-sectarian party to bring progressive social change to the United States. Rushing earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1992. She has lectured at Northwestern University, Governors State University, Dominican University, Columbia College, University of Illinois and DePaul. “Freedom Sisters” will be displayed at the DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, until April 4 before moving to Macy’s on State Street.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.