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Darlene Clark Hine (BA '68) awarded National Humanities Medal

Posted: 07/23/2014

by Katherine Skiba
Posted to ChicagoTribune.com

President Barack Obama will award medals Monday to prominent figures in the arts and humanities, including two Chicagoans: Joan Harris, a leading patron of the arts, and Darlene Clark Hine, a Northwestern University professor who explores the history of African-American women...

Hine will be cited for examining race, class and gender, and showing how the struggles and successes of African-American women "shaped the nation we share today."

A prodigious author and editor, Hine is a Northwestern professor of history and African-American studies. She co-edited "The Black Chicago Renaissance" and edited a three-volume encyclopedia, "Black Women in America."

Hine, 68, said she was "simply speechless" when she learned of the honor two weeks ago.

"I just didn't anticipate it," she said. "Never expected it. And of course I'm quite pleased, but I always remind myself and my students and people around me that I'm a historian, I'm not the history. The people that really deserve these medals are the people that I write about.

"I would just underscore that it is important for us to appreciate the contributions that all people, regardless of race, gender, class and other identity markers, have made to the fulfillment of the American promise."