Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape. “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians, learn their stories, and understand how they shaped the landscape and material culture of the state.” October 21.
Bay State Banner: Black, queer and part of Boston’s history. “Inspired by the racial reckonings of 2020, The History Project, New England’s largest archives of LGBTQ materials, is working to flesh out its collection related to Black queer history. Funded by a Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant and spearheaded by Community Curator Fellow Micha Broadnax and Community Connector slandie prinston, Documenting Black Queer Boston will provide physical and digital records for the community to experience and build on.”
UConn Today: New Website Developed By Neag School Will Assist High School History Teachers. “Connecticut is the first state in the nation to mandate that all of its high schools offer an elective class on Black and Latinx history. These classes must be taught by the fall of 2022, but many high schools have added them to the curriculum this year. Alan Marcus, a professor of curriculum and instruction in UConn’s Neag School of Education, has led a team that developed a website to assist high school teachers with the instruction of this course.” I took a quick look and didn’t see anything that was state-specific.
Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive.com. “For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time pondering one question: What does it mean to make Black film history accessible? Today, I’m proud to launch Black Film Archive, an evolving project that serves as my current response to this expansive question. In its first iteration, Black Film Archive lists every* Black film made between 1915 and 1979 currently streaming with every description written by yours truly. This free platform and open resource has been created with you all in mind. There are over 200 films for you to discover… right now!”
Black Enterprise: A Museum Celebrating Black Joy Brings A Healing And Powerful Perspective Of The Black Experience
Black Enterprise: A Museum Celebrating Black Joy Brings A Healing And Powerful Perspective Of The Black Experience. “The digital Museum of Black Joy is open in Philadelphia. It is an affirming exhibit by curator and creator Andrea Walls. The 57-year-old is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She began studying photography in 2018 and launched what’s called the ‘borderless exhibition’ on the first day of January 2020. She noticed stories involving Blackness were often about struggles and violence rather than jubilation.”
DigitalNC: Issues from 1951 of the Carolina Times are now on DigitalNC. “Thanks to funding from an IDEA grant from UNC Libraries, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is pleased to now have the full run of 1951 issues of the Carolina Times digitized. The issues from 1951 were never microfilmed, so they were not included in previous projects to digitize the newspaper which were done from film.”
DCist: A New Photo Collection Adds Nearly 2,000 Images To The D.C. Public Library’s Go-Go Archive. “The D.C. Public Library’s Go-Go Archive is a digital and physical resource full of books, magazines, records, cassette tapes, DVDs, and 10,000 tweets about the Don’t Mute DC movement. But since it was established in 2012, the collection has suffered from an acute lack of photos capturing the culture surrounding the music — and even the bands that produced it.That’s changing this week, as the D.C. Public Library is adding nearly 2,000 photos that portray a decade of performances and behind-the-scenes moments shared by legendary go-go musicians and fans alike.” Seeing this new resource immediately reminded me of
Smithsonian Launches “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past” With a Virtual Forum (BusinessWire) (PRESS RELEASE)
BusinessWire: Smithsonian Launches “Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past” With a Virtual Forum (PRESS RELEASE). “The Smithsonian will kick off its new race initiative, ‘Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past,’ with a virtual forum Aug. 26. The initiative will bring together resources from across the Smithsonian to explore how Americans understand, experience and confront racism through several critical lenses like wellness, wealth and the arts. ‘Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past’ will include virtual and live events across the country as well as digital content, storytelling and learning resources for students and educators.”