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educator , historian , consultant , writer

Allida Mae Black, American historian, educator, writer, consultant.


Black, Allida Mae was born on February 27, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Charles Gardner and Anna Lucado Black.


Bachelor, Emory University, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, George Washington University, 1993. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), DePaul University, 2002.


Assistant professor history Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, 1994—1997. JMG postdoctoral fellow history George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1997—1998. Assistant professor history Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1998—1999, The George Washington University, Washington, 1999—2000, research professor history and international affairs, since 2000, director and editor The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, since 2000.

Director The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Hyde Park, New York, 1994—2000. Vice president National Women's History Project, California, 1998—2002. Consultant The Roosevelt National History Site, Hyde Park, since 2000, The National Park Foundation, Washington, since 2000.

Director Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, since 2001. Commissioner Arlington County Human Rights Commission, Arlington, Virginia, since 2002.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (biography) Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism, (anthology) Courage In A Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt, What I Hope To Leave Behind: Selected Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt. Curator (exhibit) Where Do Human Rights Begin: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Secretary Gaea Foundation, Washington, 1998. Commissioner Arlington County Human Rights Commission, 2002. Director The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy, New York City, 2002.

Member Community Advisory Council WAMU-FM, Washington, 1996—2001. Member of National Council on History Education, Organization American Historians, American History Association, Association for Documentary Edition (chair fundraising committee 2002).


Life partner Judy Anna Beck, May 1991.

Charles Gardner

Anna Lucado Black