Knight Foundation: Researchers Found Anti-Vaccination Discourse On Facebook Increased In Volume Over The Last Decade, And Increasingly Emphasizes Civil Rights

Knight Foundation: Researchers Found Anti-Vaccination Discourse On Facebook Increased In Volume Over The Last Decade, And Increasingly Emphasizes Civil Rights. “For this study, published on October 1, 2020 in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers examined more than 250,000 posts on 204 Facebook pages expressing opposition to vaccines between October 2009 and October 2019. While opposition to vaccines can take many forms, the researchers found vaccine opponents online coalescing around the ‘civil liberties’ argument that individuals have the right to refuse to take a vaccine.”

The Justice Sessions: Black Society in Spanish FL and the Digital Archive (University of North Florida)

University of North Florida: The Justice Sessions: Black Society in Spanish FL and the Digital Archive. “The Justice Sessions presents ‘Black Society in Spanish Florida and the Digital Archive’ featuring Jane Landers, author and history professor. The year-long virtual webinar and discussion series “The Justice Sessions” features speakers from UNF and the local community discussing Jacksonville’s history of racial and civil rights struggles to better understand where we came from and how we can move forward united into the future.”

Associated Press: Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Associated Press: Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges. “In recent election cycles, Black church congregations across the country have launched get-out-the-vote campaigns commonly referred to as ‘souls to the polls.’ To counteract racist voter suppression tactics that date back to the Jim Crow era, early voting in the Black community is stressed from pulpits nearly as much as it is by the candidates seeking their support. But voter mobilization in Black church communities will look much different in 2020, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic that has infected millions across the U.S. and has taken a disproportionate toll on Black America.”

New York Times: Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the National Women’s Party

New York Times: Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the National Women’s Party. “The donation unites more than 300,000 documents, photographs, letters, broadsides, scrapbooks and other items relating to the party with another 200,000 items previously acquired by the library. The new materials relate to all stages of the party’s history, from its founders’ earlier involvement in feminist activism to the fight over the 19th Amendment to its decades of advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Hyperallergic: Now Is the Perfect Time to Learn About William Greaves

Hyperallergic: Now Is the Perfect Time to Learn About William Greaves. “An active filmmaker for nearly 50 years before his death in 2014, William Greaves was continually at the forefront of Black independent directors in the US. He was a vital contributor to the long-running public affairs show Black Journal (episodes of which are archived online), and directed numerous short and feature documentaries about the Civil Rights Movement and Black American life….Recently, under the supervision of Greaves’s widow Louise and avant-garde filmmaker Su Friedrich, a new website dedicated to his work has launched.”

Associated Press: Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate ‘attic’

Associated Press: Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate ‘attic’. “Hundreds of memorials glorifying the Confederacy had been erected by the time Marie Bankhead Owen built what may have been the grandest: The Alabama Department of Archives and History, which cataloged a version of the past that was favored by many Southern whites and all but excluded Black people.”

Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: New tool to preserve historic resources from the African American Civil Rights journey in Nevada

Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: New tool to preserve historic resources from the African American Civil Rights journey in Nevada. “Whether it is the site of the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight in Reno that established Nevada as a live-entertainment destination, or the Harrison House in Las Vegas where African-American performers stayed in the era of segregation, the State of Nevada is home to many iconic buildings and landmarks that have helped shape the story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Silver State. Beyond the most well-known locations, there are many that are yet to be discovered. Commissioned in 2019 and funded by the National Park Service, ‘The African American Civil Rights Experience in Nevada, 1900-1979’ cultural resource guide is now available to help identify significant historic events and locations throughout Nevada that played an integral role in the African American pursuit of civil rights.”

Library of Congress: The March on Washington in Color

Library of Congress / Unsplash Guest Post: The March on Washington in Color. “[August 28] marks the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington—when a quarter-million people came together to draw attention to the continued challenges and inequalities faced by Black Americans. The two dozen or so color photographs from that day and its leaders are locked down under expensive licenses, inaccessible to the general public, limiting the usage and awareness of one of the most defining moments in American history. Today, we fix this. With the help of the team at the Library and visual historian Jordan Lloyd, we’ve assembled a set of images with no known restrictions from the March, its leaders and segregated America.”

Penn State News: Libraries virtual exhibition highlights 100 years of national disability rights

Penn State News: Libraries virtual exhibition highlights 100 years of national disability rights. “To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a new online exhibition, ‘Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State,’ explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community.”

Voice of America: US Global Internet Freedom Group Says Work Limited by Funding Dispute

Voice of America: US Global Internet Freedom Group Says Work Limited by Funding Dispute. “A U.S.-funded global internet freedom group says it has had to sharply curtail its work in a new funding dispute with the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Laura Cunningham, the acting chief executive of the Washington-based Open Technology Fund, in a letter… accused the agency and its leader, Michael Pack, of withholding $20 million in congressionally approved funds intended to promote internet access throughout the world, especially in such authoritarian countries as China and Iran.”

Business Wire: Iron Mountain and CyArk Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Digitally Preserving the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights and Suffrage Movement (PRESS RELEASE)

Business Wire: Iron Mountain and CyArk Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Digitally Preserving the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights and Suffrage Movement (PRESS RELEASE). “Iron Mountain Incorporated, the storage and information management services company, and CyArk, a heritage preservation non-profit, announced they have digitally preserved three properties at the Women’s Rights National Historic Park: the Elizabeth Stanton House, Richard P. Hunt and Jane C. Hunt House and Wesleyan Chapel. This preservation initiative celebrates the movement’s founding members and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment ratification, guaranteeing women the right to vote…. Through new, online guided tours, visitors can now explore the sites by virtually navigating through the property models while experts provide voiceover commentary on historical highlights.”

CNET: Twenty state AGs press Facebook to do more to combat hate speech

CNET: Twenty state AGs press Facebook to do more to combat hate speech. “In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday, the AGs said they believed the company had ‘fallen short’ on its civil rights record and urged the company to ‘aggressively enforce’ its policies prohibiting hate speech and hate-based organizations. Other steps the AGs’ letter suggested Facebook take include allowing public, third-party audits of hate content and enforcement, as well as expanding its policies on limiting ads that disparage minorities.”

Mental Floss: Explore Marian Anderson’s Handwritten Letters, Private Recordings, and More in a Newly Digitized Collection

Mental Floss: Explore Marian Anderson’s Handwritten Letters, Private Recordings, and More in a Newly Digitized Collection. “More than 2500 items of archival material, including letters, diaries, journals, interviews, scrapbooks, performance programs, and private recordings, are available to view online through a research portal called ‘Discovering Marian Anderson.’ Many of the manuscripts were donated by Anderson, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, before she died at age 96 in 1993.”

Ayala: Making Mexican American civil rights history ‘part of a national conversation’ (San Antonio Express-News)

San Antonio Express-News: Ayala: Making Mexican American civil rights history ‘part of a national conversation’. “The extraordinary events of 2020 also accelerated the [Mexican American Civil Rights Institute’s] digital game plan — long term, it wants to be a national hub of Mexican American civil rights archives. Leaders said the pandemic, which made digital connections that much more essential, fostered a re-imagining of the institute’s online presence. Next month, it will unveil its first website, a 1.0 version. A second is already in the works. The goal is a ‘robust’ digital archive.”

New York Times: Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott

New York Times: Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott. “Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s two top executives, met with civil rights groups on Tuesday in an attempt to mollify them over how the social network treats hate speech on its site. But Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, failed to win its critics over.”