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“Judy McCulloh encouraged my work on country music when I was a graduate student at Illinois in the early 1980s. It meant so much to have her support at a time when few scholars took country music seriously. I am glad to be able to honor her legacy.”
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- Michael F. Scully, Ph.D. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Never-Ending Revival: Rounder Records and the Folk Alliance (University of Illinois Press, 2008)
“Judy invited me and offered constant encouragement to write what turned out to be my first book, Bluegrass Breakdown, published in the Music in American Life series and she introduced me to the discipline of Folklore.”
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The Darlene Clark Hine Black History Endowment

The mission of the Darlene Clark Hine Black History Endowment is to continue the legacy of Dr. Hine’s commitment to mentorship and scholarship by supporting authors and publications in African American history and Black studies. This endowment honors the extraordinary work and legacy of Dr. Hine, an award-winning author and a coeditor of the Press’s influential The New Black Studies Series. Dr. Hine was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and received a 2014 National Humanities Medal for her contributions in Black Women’s History and her pioneering study of the intersection of race, class, and gender.
The endowment provides direct grants to authors whose books in Black history and Black studies are in preparation and under contract with the University of Illinois Press (UIP). Interest from the endowment will also be used to offset a portion of production costs so that books in Black history can be priced accessibly for scholars and students. Contributions to this endowment will support the Press’s premier Black history list, which for half a century has expanded and enriched the field of Black history and helped to build a greater understanding of the African American experience in its myriad dimensions.

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Donor Dollars in Action

We can’t thank our donors enough for making it possible to achieve our mission of supporting the sustainable publication of new scholarship. Multiple books have been published more affordably thanks to these endowments.

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