Category Archives: African American Studies

It’s time to celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week”, created by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American figures in 1926. This event inspired schools and communities nationwide to … Continue reading

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An Antiracism Reading List

Ibram X. Kendi, Professor & Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center Department of History

On February 12, Ibram X. Kendi, professor and Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, published “A Reading List for Ralph Northam” in the Atlantic Monthly. Kendi wrote specifically in response to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s … Continue reading

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Sacrifice – The Rosses in the South

The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online. Digitization of the M. H. Ross Papers is being funded by a $48,865 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and will continue through September 2018. By early 1941, Mike … Continue reading

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Teaching with Primary Sources: Using Comic Books to Teach Social Commentary and Representation

Given the popularity of the new Black Panther film, Kevin Fleming, Popular Music and Culture Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian, are offering the workshop “Teaching with Primary Sources: Using Comic Books to Teach Social … Continue reading

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“We are indeed subversive:” The Great Speckled Bird at Fifty

The Great Speckled Bird was Atlanta’s underground/alternative newspaper published between 1968-1976, having been birthed in “the year of protest” out of necessity – Atlanta’s existing media platforms presented a point-of-view indistinguishable not only from one another but also from others … Continue reading

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Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online

The records of the Georgia Association of Educators (1921-2015), part of the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, at Georgia State University Library, Atlanta Campus, are open for research. The collection, comprised of unique documents and photographs, provides an … Continue reading

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New Resources: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15, 2018)

image of Martin Luther King Jr. made up of smaller photos of service activities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated by Congress in 1994 as a day of service. The holiday falls on the third Monday of January, and will be observed on January 15 this year. Because King’s birthday … Continue reading

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