JACOB H. CARRUTHERS CENTER FOR INNER CITY STUDIES
Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers
Dr. Jacob Hudson Carruthers, Jr., was one of the great African American scholars, historians, researchers, and educators. Carruthers was also the founding Director of the Kemetic Institute, and a founding member of the Temple of the African Community of Chicago
What Harlem is to New York, Bronzeville is to Chicago — the Mecca of literary, visual and performing arts; it is the intellectual center of Chicago's African American community.
The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies of Northeastern Illinois University, located in the heart of Bronzeville, was founded on September 8, 1966. It is housed in the former Abraham Lincoln Center, which was built in 1905 and designed by one of the worlds famous architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.
During the 1930s and 1940s the acclaimed Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton found their way to make use of this facility. Later, during the Black Arts Renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s, it became the birthplace of the world reowned Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the literary collective, the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC).
Throughout the 1970s, the AACM gave birth to several avant-garde jazz and experimental bands of which the Art Ensemble of Chicago became one of the most acclaimed.
The CCICS's Artist-in-Residence program is designed to educate young and adult artist in the areas of "creative improvised arts," in addition to making contributions to low-income community-based programs.
The archived records and materials of the GBMP serves to expand curriculum and provide reserach substance for students as well as a global community.
The GBMP is building its public image, promoting the creative arts in educational programs. GBMP is leveraging the positive images of creative improvised music and influence today's youth by exposing and enriching their education using the diverse archives the Great Black Music Project has made available.
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Dr. Conrad Worrill
Dr. Conrad Worril is Professor and Director, since 2004 of the Carruthers Center
Godfrey Mason served as Project Director of The Great Black Music Project from 2004 through 2014.