Lisa Brock

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Lisa Brock


Lisa Brock is married to Otis Cunningham. She is the Academic Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Lisa has been an activist all her life, from fighting for girl’s rights and black rights in her native Cincinnati, Ohio area and against police violence and judicial misconduct in Washington D.C., to becoming a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in Chicago, Illinois.

She lived in Mozambique as a Fulbright Scholar in the 1980s and successfully merged her academic interest with southern African Social Justice Struggles. In the mid 2000s, she worked with others to found the Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection (archives) at Columbia College Chicago and led the effort to endow an international travel scholarship at CCC. She herself successfully developed study abroad programs in South Africa and Cuba .She is the author of Between Race and Empire: African American and Cubans Before the Cuban Revolution, and her articles on Africa and the African Diaspora have appeared in dozens of academic journals and as book chapters. her latest project is a comparative study of Afro descended peoples in the United States and Cuba.[1]

Mozambique Support Network

A meeting of Mozambique Support Network took place Friday, March 11, 1988 and Saturday, March 12,1988 at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois.

Attending the meeting were Roberta Washington, Co-chair (New York), Lisa Anderson (Idaho), Alan Isaacman, Co-chair (Minnesota), Damu Smith (Washington DC), Dan Murphy (Iowa), Mackie Mcleod (Boston), Geri Seese-Green (Oregon), Chris Root (Michigan), Stephanie Urdang (New York), Paul Epstein (Boston), Bassiru (Madison), Andy Epstein (Boston), Bill Martin, Anne Evens (Chicago), Sister Joanette Nitz (Detroit), Carrie Pratt (Madison), Prexy Nesbitt (Chicago), Dave Wiley (Michigan), Heather Gray (Atlanta), Ned Alpers, Otis Cunningham (Chicago)

Regrets were sent by Mike Johnson (Iowa), Kevin Danaher (California), Bill Minter, Kathy Flewellen (Washington, DC), Ruth Minter (Maryland), Kathie Sheldon and Steve Tarzynski (California), Paula Voelkel (Wisconsin), Coke McCord (New York) and Todd Hawkins (Washington), Treasurer Lisa Brock was unable to attend due to the tragic death of her mother in Ohio.[2]

Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa

The 1994 Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa board of directors consisted of Lisa Brock, Kay Burnett, Basil Clunie, Selena Derey, Michael Freedberg, Joan Gerig, Cheryl Harris, Prexy Nesbitt, Barbara Ransby, Rachel Rubin, Zeva Schub. [3]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Lisa Brock, Chicago[4].

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Lisa Brock of the Columbia College of Chicago signed the statement[5].

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