Following the murder of George Floyd and weeks of protest, Indiana Humanities committed to using our humanities work to shed light, provide comfort and aid discourse about racial injustice. In late 2020, we introduced a fellowship of $2,500 to support new humanities research that explores anti-Black racial injustice and structural racism in Indiana and how Black Hoosiers have responded.

The fellowship was open to individual researchers or research teams who could sufficiently demonstrate their credibility as researchers and show how their proposed topic aligned to the fellowship’s goals. We welcomed proposals from across the fields of humanities inquiry, including but not limited to history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, religious studies, art history, folklore, ethnomusicology and gender studies, as well as humanistic social sciences such as political science, sociology and anthropology.

We funded four fellowship projects, outlined below. Applications for the fellowships have now closed, but we hope to offer funding for additional fellowships in late 2021.

Grant Details

Goals of the Fellowship Program

  • Understand Black Hoosiers’ responses to racial injustice and structural racism through the creative arts and/or involvement with political, economic, social and cultural programs/activities at the neighborhood, city or state level.
  • Increase knowledge of Black Hoosiers’ strategies for overcoming racial injustice and structural racism over time.
  • Increase the amount and quality of humanities scholarship on the causes and effects of racial injustice and structural racism in Indiana.
  • Document and/or analyze the decisions, policies and actions that created racial inequality in the past and/or the present.
  • Add or expand the stories of Hoosiers in regional and national historiographies of racial injustice and/or structural racism.
  • Increase the use of Indiana-based archives and collections by humanities scholars and researchers.

About Wilma Gibbs Moore

Wilma Gibbs Moore was one of Indiana’s preeminent scholars of African American history. She served as an archivist and librarian at the Indiana Historical Society for more than 30 years and edited the Society’s Black History News and Notes publication. A graduate of Indianapolis’s famed Crispus Attucks High School and Indiana University, Moore contributed her knowledge and expertise to a number of organizations promoting African American history and culture, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indiana Freedom Trails, Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee and more. In recognition of her work, the American Association for State and Local History gave her an Award of Merit, and the Indiana Historical Society honored her with the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award. We are proud to name this fellowship in Wilma’s honor.

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