A Legacy Ignored

The SSA Committee on Inclusion, Equity and Diversity
cordially invites you to the

Inaugural Lecture

“A Legacy Ignored: African Americans’ Parallel System
of Social Work/Welfare during the Progressive Era”


Iris B. Carlton-LaNey, A.M. ’74, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 · 4:30 - 6:00 pm
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
969 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited capacity.

Systematically excluded from the mainstream social work/welfare system that emerged during the Progressive Era, African Americans developed and delivered services to their communities that were uniquely tailored to respond to unmet needs. As African Americans claimed their place among social work pioneers, the primacy of their mission improved the collective social functioning of their communities. Their legacy illustrates a strength-based model on which contemporary scholars and practitioners could build.
An SSA alumna, Professor Carlton-LaNey is a social welfare historian who teaches courses on oppression, institutional discrimination, and inequality. She is the author of African Americans Aging in the Rural South: Stories of Faith, Family and Community; African American Leadership: An Empowerment Tradition in Social Welfare History; and African American Community Practice Models: Historical and Contemporary Responses (with N. Yolanda Burwell).
Professor Carlton-LaNey has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Feminist Scholarship Honoree recognition from the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women, the Distinguished Achievement in Social Work Education Award presented by the National Association of Black Social Workers, and the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. She was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 2015.

For more information, please contact
Tanya Hines at 773.702.1430.