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Madame C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving

On Monday, October 27 at 7 pm EST, Rutgers University’s distinguished historian and Africana Studies scholar Tiffany M. Gill, Ph.D. and Tyrone Freeman will be in conversation on Black women’s generosity and common themes between Africana Studies, Black Women’s History, and Philanthropic Studies. Register here:

Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Tyrone Freeman paints a broader picture of philanthropy using the remarkable life and acts of Madam C.J. Walker as an exemplar of a different kind of giving.

Tyron Freeman discusses his book Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow.

Tyrone Freeman’s book, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow (University of Illinois Press, 2020) examines African American women’s history of charitable giving, activism, education, and social service provision through the life and example of Madam C.J. Walker, the early twentieth century black philanthropist and entrepreneur. 


Tyrone McKinley Freeman is an award-winning scholar and teacher who serves as assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Previously, he was a professional fundraiser for social services, community development, and higher education organizations. He was also associate director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. 

His research focuses on the history of African American philanthropy, philanthropy in communities of color, the history of American philanthropy, and philanthropy and fundraising in higher education.

His work has appeared or been cited in O: The Oprah MagazineTIMEBBC News, NewsweekNewsOneBlavityThe ConversationBlack PerspectivesChronicle of Philanthropy, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review

He is co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (2011 Palgrave MacMillan). A proud HBCU grad, Tyrone earned a B.A. in English/Liberal Arts from Lincoln University (PA), a M.S. in Adult Education from Indiana University, a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.

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