Reverend Ronald Schupp Papers


Dates: 1979-1997
Size: .25 linear foot
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628



Provenance: Donated by Rev. Ronald Schupp in September 1997.
Access: No restrictions

When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is:

Rev. Ronald Schupp Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Processed by: Elizabeth Loch (Archival Specialist), April 2021

Biographical Note

Reverend Ronald Schupp is a Baptist minister (formerly of Marble Rock Misionary Baptist Church on 71st and Ashland) and human and civil rights leader. His activist work relating to South African racial practice revolved around an anti-apartheid vigil/fast that Rev. Schupp held annually on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. These demonstrations took place outside the South African consulate in Chicago from the mid-1980s to 1994. When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994, Reverend Schupp diversified his vigil to other struggles: Native American issues, the Bosnian War, and the Tibetan Independence Movement and remains an outspoken activist to this day. 

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photocopied material from Reverend Schupp’s scrapbook. Letters, certificates, newspaper articles, and event materials are the bulk of the collection. These materials document Rev. Schupp’s work as Baptist minister and the civil rights causes he championed.


This small collection includes seven folders. These folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 Anti-Apartheid newspaper articles and correspondence, 1990-1993
Box 1 Folder 2 Demonstrations [four newspaper articles], 1986-1996
Box 1 Folder 3 Free Tibet correspondence and event information, 1995-1997
Box 1 Folder 4 Indigenous people articles, correspondence, conferences, and newsletters, 1992-1995
Box 1 Folder 5 Letters of support for Rev. Ronald Schupp, 1987-1997
Box 1 Folder 6 Proclamations, resolutions and congressional records honoring Rev. Schupp’s work, 1991-1997
Box 1 Folder 7 Rev. Ronald Schupp’s ministry work [certificates, letters, and transcripts], 1979-1997
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