The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned

The Guardian: Photo archive of life in apartheid-era South Africa to be auctioned. “A rare studio photo archive that shines a light on the undimmed spirit of township life in apartheid-era South Africa is to be auctioned in London. The archive contains more than 1,000 images of people posing for the camera in front of a simple parted black curtain with basic props, often a basket of plastic flowers, cheap plastic sunglasses or an unplugged telephone.”

Washington Post: A lost history, recovered: Faded records tell the story of school segregation in Virginia

The Washington Post: A lost history, recovered: Faded records tell the story of school segregation in Virginia. “Half a century later, [Ethel Rae] Smith’s words have emerged through the discovery of more than 10,000 pages of records capturing the history of Loudoun County’s all-black, rural schoolhouses between the end of the Civil War and desegregation in the 1970s. The records, left to molder for decades in an abandoned building, include report cards, curriculums, class rosters, health and insurance records, photographs and faded maps.”

Library of Congress: Crowdsourcing Project Launches Campaign to Transcribe Rosa Parks’ Papers and Reveal the Woman Behind the Legend

Library of Congress: Crowdsourcing Project Launches Campaign to Transcribe Rosa Parks’ Papers and Reveal the Woman Behind the Legend. “By the People, the Library of Congress’ crowdsourced transcription project powered by volunteers across the country is launching a campaign to transcribe Rosa Parks’ personal papers to make them more searchable and accessible online, including many items featured in the exhibition, ‘Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,’ starting [February 4], the 107th anniversary of her birth.”

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History. “We help cultural heritage institutions scan high school yearbooks. To date we’ve added over 8,200 to DigitalNC. Less than 5% come from African American high schools*…. To highlight the rarity of these yearbooks and to possibly help locate more, we’ve created a list of the names and locations of all of the public African American high schools compiled from the North Carolina Educational Directory around the time that the schools were desegregated.”

Mother Jones: Can White Graduates of Racist Schools Unlearn Hate?

Mother Jones: Can White Graduates of Racist Schools Unlearn Hate?. “As kids, they were thrown into ‘segregation academies’ in the South—private all-white schools where parents could send their children to avoid the integration of public schools, and where kids were, as one put it, ‘conscientiously and misguidedly furnished with an unbending white universe.’… Now, graduates of those all-white schools are telling stories about the resounding racism they learned—and the decades that some have spent unlearning or trying to unlearn it.”

Phys .org: Virtual spaces mirror income inequality

Phys .org: Virtual spaces mirror income inequality. “The Internet democratized the exchange of information, but the evolution of online social networks has mirrored the segregation of urban neighborhoods in real cities, according to NECSI’s analysis of millions of tweets. Social media users have organized themselves into economically segregated echo-chambers. This breakup of information reinforces the fragmentation and polarization of communities.”

DigitalNC: Issues of Lincoln High School’s student newspaper, The Lincoln Echo, now online at DigitalNC!

DigitalNC: Issues of Lincoln High School’s student newspaper, The Lincoln Echo, now online at DigitalNC!. “The school served the black community in Chapel Hill prior to integration. While incomplete, the materials within provide interesting insights into the concerns of Chapel Hill high school students during this pivotal moment in North Carolina history. The issues cover news topics like sports, facility renovations, and school events, as well as creative works by students and advertisements for local businesses.”