Quincy Mills

Quincy T. Mills

Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
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University of Illinois

M.A.  - University of Chicago

M.B.A.  - DePaul University

Ph.D.  - University of Chicago

diploma  - Leo High School

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Quincy T. Mills (Vassar College)
The project is an intimate view of barbershop culture that, as historian Quincy T. Mills writes in the project's essay, "...is constantly in motion and in tune with the comings and goings of the people in the city."

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While temperatures and wind chills dipped below freezing outside, an appreciative audience gave a warm reception to the prominent writers that were invited: Benilde Little, Quincy T. Mills and Paula Williams Madison.
Quincy T. Mills, an associate professor of history at Vassar College highlighted chapters of his book "Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America" which chronicles the lives of black barbers and their shops in the 19th and 20th centuries. He also described the framework for his second book in which he will examine the imperatives and flow of financial resources to support civil rights organizing.

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Quincy T. Mills
Quincy T. Mills is associate professor of history at Vassar College where he teaches African American history. Originally from Chicago, he earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He teaches classes on Martin Luther King, Jr., race and segregation, the civil rights and black power movement, and consumer culture. Professor Mills is author of Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (2013). This book chronicles the history of black barber shops as businesses and civic institutions, demonstrating their central role in civil rights struggles throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently at work on his second monograph, tentatively titled The Wages of Resistance: Financing the Black Freedom Movement , which examines the politics of grassroots fundraising among civil rights and black power organizations to support local activists and sustain movement building. "Quincy T. Mills's important book provides fascinating insight into the history of African American barbers.

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