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.”

Mercer University: COPA receives Georgia Humanities grant for work to document African American history in Coastal Georgia

Mercer University: COPA receives Georgia Humanities grant for work to document African American history in Coastal Georgia. “Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement recently received a $2,500 grant from Georgia Humanities for its latest work in a nearly decade-long research-based, service-learning project to document African American history in Coastal Georgia.”

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.”

University of Toronto: Researcher’s archival exhibition spotlights 70 years of Black performance history in Canada

University of Toronto: Researcher’s archival exhibition spotlights 70 years of Black performance history in Canada . “An exhibit curated by Seika Boye, a researcher at the University of Toronto, is preserving seven decades-worth of Black dance performance history in Canada. ‘It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970 and Now’ is an archival exhibition that highlights the undocumented history of Black dance performance in Canada from the time period.”

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.”

News@Northeastern: Letters Of Ignatius Sancho Offer Window To Life Of Black Man In 18th-century London

News@Northeastern: Letters Of Ignatius Sancho Offer Window To Life Of Black Man In 18th-century London. “Led by Northeastern professors Nicole Aljoe and Olly Ayers along with four undergraduate research assistants, the Ignatius Sancho’s London project pulls data from digital and physical archives of Sancho’s letters and maps them, creating an interactive resource to help the public understand Black life in 18th-century England.”

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.”

USC: First-of-its-kind media studies lab launches at USC to amplify Black social change makers on the West Coast

USC: First-of-its-kind media studies lab launches at USC to amplify Black social change makers on the West Coast. “As the University of Southern California’s first media studies center dedicated to saving, studying and sharing the work of prominent and hidden figures who have been central to Black social justice movements in America, the Bass Lab will create a web archive that serves as a repository for Black media and activist journalism. The archive will include digitized newspapers, magazines, photojournalism and scanned 3D objects that tell the story of Black life and culture on the West Coast. Original content in the form of recorded interviews and oral histories will also be featured. ”

Brown University: Brown Library publishes five new volumes in the “Race & … in America” digital book series

Brown University: Brown Library publishes five new volumes in the “Race & … in America” digital book series . “Open access publication expands series delving into comparative perspectives on the roots and effects of racism in the U.S…. As an open access publication, the digital series provides enduring, barrier-free access to knowledge, and has been developed with universal design principles for equitable use by all persons, including those with disabilities.”

The Guardian: FBI tracked Aretha Franklin’s civil rights activism, declassified file shows

The Guardian: FBI tracked Aretha Franklin’s civil rights activism, declassified file shows. “The FBI has declassified its file on Aretha Franklin, the late ‘Queen of Soul’ who died in 2018 at age 76. The 270-page document, which includes reports from over a dozen states, shows the bureau extensively tracked the singer’s civil rights activism and her friendships with Martin Luther King Jr and Angela Davis.”