African American Civil Rights Leaders and the Roosevelts

Co-Directors: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kevin M. Burke, Steven J. Niven, and Abby Wolf 

The National Park Service has selected the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University to serve as Principal Investigator for a study the Park Service has commissioned on “African-American Civil Rights Leaders and the Roosevelts.” With the awarding of this grant, the Hutchins Center will work directly with the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS and Eleanor Roosevelt NHS, and its findings will benefit both the Park Service’s educational outreach in schools and the visitor experience in Hyde Park, New York. The Hutchins Center project team, under the direction of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Executive Director, Dr. Abby Wolf, will be Dr. Kevin M. Burke, Director of Research, and Steven J. Niven, Executive Editor of several large research publications, including the African American National Biography. The Hutchins Center appreciates the trust this invitation from the National Park Service signifies and the opportunity it presents to further integrate the American story by expanding, and enriching, the history of the Roosevelts and the long civil rights movement.