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 an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.