Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University is preserving more than just gospel music. In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.”
Institute of Museum and Library Services: $2.2 Million in Museum Grants to Strengthen African American History and Culture. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced awards totaling $2,231,000 in Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC). The 14 grantees will match these awards with an additional $2,513,461 in non-federal funds. A total of 37 organizations requested grants totaling $4,841,383. Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.”
The Digital Library of Georgia: Digitized newspapers from Atlanta University Center colleges now available on the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive web site . “The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library, several student newspapers from Spelman College, Atlanta Clark University, and Morris Brown College are now available for viewing at the Georgia Historic Newspapers web site…”
Chicago Tribune: Auction wars? George Lucas and Mellody Hobson could battle bidders for historic Ebony photo archives.. “The Ebony photo archives, a unique and expansive window into the African American experience, are set to go on the auction block in July, pending approval from a Chicago federal bankruptcy court.” Times like these I wish I had a big pile of money. I’d buy the archives and put them online, making them available with a SA-NC Creative Commons license. I’d charge a modest fee for commercial usage and use that money to create free lesson plans using the photographs for K-12 teachers. But the most I can do is tell you about it.
Tubefilter: Hit Instagram Account ‘The Shade Room’ Unveils First Original Series Slate. “The Shade Room (TSR), a buzzy Instagram account founded in 2014 to celebrate black culture and furnish entertainment gossip, is getting into the original content business. The company’s first original shows will roll out later this year — developed by an all-female production team — exclusively on Instagram. The Shade Room, which was founded by 28-year-old entrepreneur Angelica Nwandu, counts 15 million followers and receives 1.5 billion impressions per week.”
Wall Street Journal: Filmmaker George Lucas, Wife Mellody Hobson Seek Control of Ebony, Jet Archives. “Businesswoman Mellody Hobson and her husband, filmmaker George Lucas, are seeking to take control of Ebony and Jet magazines’ archives, a collection of thousands of pictures and recordings chronicling about 70 years of African-American life and culture that includes original photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou.” Tell you the truth I’ve been fretting about the fate of this photo archive. It’s priceless and irreplaceable. I was really hoping the Library of Congress would get it.
University of Oregon: New collection helps preserve the legacy of a civil rights trailblazer. “Thanks to an anonymous UO Libraries donor, the legacy of African-American journalism in Oregon — and knowledge of an important civil rights pioneer — is becoming more accessible than ever. The generous gift is funding digitization of six new titles that will diversify the perspectives represented in the library’s Historic Oregon Newspapers online resource. Debuting in February 2019, The Advocate is the first of the papers to come online, with issues dating from October 1924 to December 1933 now available.”