American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Five New Special Collections Now Available in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting!

American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Five New Special Collections Now Available in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting! . “Happy International Archives Day! The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is celebrating by launching five NEW Special Collections that feature raw interviews from American Experience’s Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till, John Brown’s Holy War, and Jubilee Singers, as well as the Peabody award-winning documentary Africans in America! ”

Inequality: BlackHer – A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically

Inequality: BlackHer – A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically. “With only 19 African-American women in Congress – representing a paltry 3.5 percent of both chambers – this year, Black women are ready to see a return on their investment. Taking matters into their own hands, Black women are ramping up their efforts to increase their political representation. Pushing forward with this movement is BlackHer, an online platform with the mission to provide resources and important information that highlights the visible and loud chorus of African American women that can shift elections, shape consumerism, and reinvent America’s broken systems.”

Chicago Magazine: How the Obsidian Collection Is Bringing Black Newspapers to Google

Chicago Magazine: How the Obsidian Collection Is Bringing Black Newspapers to Google. “Digitizing legacy. That’s the job of the curators behind The Obsidian Collection – archivists for The Chicago Defender, Baltimore Afro American and other historically black newspapers in the United States. Their task is massive: digitize every image and article from newspapers that played a central role in the Great Migration, Civil Rights and Jim Crow eras. But they won’t have to do it all alone. Google Arts & Culture is working with the Obsidian group on creating digital exhibits that can be free and searchable by anyone around the world.”

Baylor University: Baylor Libraries Wins Texas Digital Library Award for Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

New to me, from Baylor: Baylor Libraries Wins Texas Digital Library Award for Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The only national project documenting the ‘Golden Age’ of black gospel music (1945-1975), the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) has digitized and provided access to more than 3,000 unique digital items in multiple formats, including recordings, posters and photographs. Its rich collection, developed over 11 years, is used in research about musical styles, lyrical analysis and performance practice, as well as for outreach opportunities, such as concerts, art exhibits and symposia.”

IAAM Center for Family History Launches United States Colored Troops Pension Collection

New from the IAAM Center for Family History: USCT Pension Files. “As Bernice Bennett notes in her article USCT Pension Files: A Rich Resource for African American Genealogy, pension files can reveal many biographical details about ancestors who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Because events in USCT veterans’ lives before the Civil War were seldom recorded in the documentary record, veterans had to go to great lengths to prove their identity, their service in the Civil War, their dates of marriage, names and ages of children, and other biographical details that had to be documented in order for them to draw a military pension. ”

Hoodline: African American Museum receives grant to digitize rare protest footage

Hoodline: African American Museum receives grant to digitize rare protest footage. “Rarely-seen footage of protests from the 1960s – 70s will soon be freely available online thanks to a grant awarded to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland…. The grant will be used to digitize 98 films and four audiotapes documenting protest movements, including protests by the Black Panther Party, students protesting the Vietnam War and union demonstrations.”

Edible Brooklyn: Use This Database to Connect with Underrepresented Food Professionals

Edible Brooklyn: Use This Database to Connect with Underrepresented Food Professionals. “‘Build a longer table, not a higher fence’ is the call to action of Equity At The Table (EATT), a new database for food industry professionals that focuses on women, non-binary individuals, LGBTQ and people of color.”