Djalaal Papers

Institution: Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
Date: 1974-2000
Extent: .4 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Djalaal, born J.L. Williams, grew up on Chicago’s South Side. For more than thirty years, Djalaal has taught belly dancing to thousands of students, both young and old, describing her classes as “Belly Dancing as a life-long fitness alternative”. She has given lectures on Chicago African-American history, presented multicultural workshops, and presided at panel discussions on women’s issues at schools, community groups and businesses. She was awarded an Ethnic Arts Apprenticeship by the Illinois Arts Council, was on the Council of Elders for Dance Africa Chicago, and has been a member of the Executive Board of the Friends of the Chicago Cultural Center. Also, Djalaal has published articles in Afrique, Hyde Park Citizen, the Reader, and the Traditional Arts Bulletin.

Scope and Content Note:
Small collection consists of advertising and publicity materials, clippings, programs, a few writings, and copies of six photographs of Djalaal in costume. Also, material relating to the “Dance ‘til the Dawn of the New Millennium”, 1999-2000.

Related Material: None