Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Examines the Impact of Race in December Public Programming

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Examines the Impact of Race in December Public Programming. “The museum will hold its annual Freedom’s Eve program, providing a look into how enslaved African Americans celebrated New Year’s Eve in the past and how the African American community uses food to help bring good fortune into the new year. The two-part program will include curated in-person activities to help plan goals for the new year and conclude with a virtual concert featuring piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker.”

Indy Week: Volunteers Search for Racism Written into Durham Land Deeds

Indy Week: Volunteers Search for Racism Written into Durham Land Deeds. “‘[T]he lot hereby conveyed shall not be sold, transferred, conveyed, leased, or rented to persons of negro blood.’ That’s language taken from a 1932 deed for land in Duke Forest. Here’s another, from a plot off of Cole Mill Road: ‘No person of any race other than the white race shall use or occupy any building on above lot.’ These are racial covenants—racist restrictions written into legally binding land deeds.”

News@Northeastern: The Harriet Tubman House May Be Gone, But Its Legacy Is Preserved Forever Thanks To Northeastern’s Library

News@Northeastern: The Harriet Tubman House May Be Gone, But Its Legacy Is Preserved Forever Thanks To Northeastern’s Library. “The house was a fixture of Boston’s Black community, but its century-spanning history–the kind that doesn’t get told in museums or textbooks–was in danger of getting lost with the demolition too. Fortunately, the building’s history and the community’s memories were saved through the hard work of residents who banded together under the I Am Harriet coalition, USES itself and the resources and ingenuity of the Boston Research Center.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Debuts Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Debuts Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) announces the launch of the Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal. The new comprehensive search platform is designed to help family historians and genealogists search for their ancestors and for scholars and students to research various topics found in over 1.7 million pages of Freedmen’s Bureau records.”

William & Mary News: W&M Libraries partners with local Black churches to preserve important church records

William & Mary News: W&M Libraries partners with local Black churches to preserve important church records. “More than a decade ago, William & Mary began the work of reconciling the institution and community with its history regarding the exploitation of African Americans through the eras of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation. Its reconciliation efforts include The Lemon Project, Center for Racial and Social Justice Speaker Series and Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved, to name a few. Understanding the importance of the effort, the staff at W&M Libraries looked for ways to contribute.”

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds. “Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates, according to the study, published Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The reporting trend occurs across crime types and geographic regions, but is especially prevalent in much of the Midwest and some of the South and mid-Atlantic. It also increases with the proportion of both Republican voters and non-Black residents, the researchers said.”

New Bern Sun Journal: African American voices from New Bern’s past come alive in new Oral History Library

New Bern Sun Journal: African American voices from New Bern’s past come alive in new Oral History Library. “Examples include Ben Watford, founding President of the James City Historical Society, discussing the James City Crockett-Miller Slave Quarters; a look at the history of St. Peter’s AME Zion Church; an episode about former slave George Henry White, an attorney and politician who served in the U.S. Congress from 1897 to 1901; a look at the history of New Bern’s Pleasant Hill community with Alderman Barbara Best and retired educators Mark Best and Nancy Allen; and a 2012 interview with Luke Martin, an accomplished brick mason who was the son of a former slave who served in the United States Colored Troops.”

Mercer University: Collaborative project identifies nearly 1,000 slave transactions in Macon from 1823-65

Mercer University: Collaborative project identifies nearly 1,000 slave transactions in Macon from 1823-65. “For years, Bibb County deed books from the 1800s sat unopened, collecting dust inside the courthouse. But since 2018, a team of researchers has been studying and cataloging their contents, which include the sale and lease of enslaved people alongside transactions of land, horses and other property. Now, those records have been digitized and a searchable database is in the works, which will allow the untold stories of these African Americans to be shared and the public to learn more about the history of their ancestors as well as Macon.”

Kentucky Bottom Line News: Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database Now Available Through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation

Kentucky Bottom Line News: Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database Now Available Through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation . “In partnership with various certifying organizations, including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, and the City of Louisville, the Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database has now centralized the listing of more than 1,100 minority-owned businesses…. The database features a searchable platform where users can find and filter minority-owned businesses by name, certification type, industry, service provided, location, and more.”

The Root: New Database Makes Finding Healthy Black-Owned Beauty Products Easier Than Ever

The Root: New Database Makes Finding Healthy Black-Owned Beauty Products Easier Than Ever. “Now, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) is doing its part to make it easier for consumers to find safe beauty products. CSC’s Non-Toxic Black Beauty Project is a searchable database of over 700 clean beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies, including cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging products and more.”

‘A fuller picture of our history’: Spanish, cross-border Arizona newspapers to be online (AZ Central)

AZ Central: ‘A fuller picture of our history’: Spanish, cross-border Arizona newspapers to be online. “Spanish-language newspapers from the state’s border communities and newspapers published by and for Tucson’s Black community from the 1890s to the 1960s will be memorialized and accessible to residents across the state. Newspapers from the state’s mining and agricultural communities, including Bisbee’s Brewery Gulch Gazette, will also be included in the project.”

University of Washington: Analysis of #BlackLivesMatter social media content points to the power of positivity in online activism and large-scale social movements

University of Washington: Analysis of #BlackLivesMatter social media content points to the power of positivity in online activism and large-scale social movements. “Drilling down into the dataset according to date enabled the team to identify instances where emotions spiked, presumably in connection with events. For example, anger and sadness peaked in tweets with pro-BLM hashtags in the days following Floyd’s death and prior to the first weekend of protests. Positivity, meanwhile, rose in the days leading up to that weekend and afterward became the most frequently expressed emotion through the rest of the month.”

New-to-Me: The Essence Book Project

Spotted via a mention in Fine Books & Collections Magazine: the Essence Book Project. “The Essence Book Project is a computational database of Essence Magazine’s bestsellers’ list for fiction, which was published monthly from 1994-2010 and includes nearly 500 discreet works of fiction, most of which were written by and about Black people.”