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Speaker Program: Tyrone McKinley Freeman at Westchester Public Library

Postponed: new date TBA

Westchester Public Library

100 W. Indiana Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

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Join award-winning Indiana author, Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman, for a discussion of his richly detailed biography, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow. His book, recognized in the 2022 Indiana Authors Awards as a Debut Shortlist Honoree, reexamines the life and generosity of the adopted Hoosier entrepreneur who became known as America’s first self-made female millionaire. He tells the story of the origins and motivations for her philanthropic giving, and her engagement in the fight against the racist and sexist system of Jim Crow segregation. Through his work, Dr. Freeman identifies and elevates the long-standing cultural tradition of philanthropic giving that has existed among African Americans since the earliest days of slavery.

Following the discussion, there will be a moderated and audience-led Q & A session. Light refreshments will be served. Open to public ages 15 and up.

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., is the grandson, son, nephew and cousin of African American Baptist preachers and First Ladies. His experiences growing up in the Black Church influence his storytelling and writings about the history of African American philanthropy. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI where he writes about the history of philanthropy, African American philanthropy, and philanthropy and higher education.