Ole Miss Receives the Papers of a Bishop Who 50 Years Ago Called for...

Bishop Duncan Gray Jr.'s collection includes hundreds of letters in support and in opposition to his stance that racial segregation was incompatible with the Christian faith.

Ole Miss Shares Its Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University’s Racial Integration

The University of Mississippi has held a series of events commemorating the racial integration of the university 50 years ago.

University of Virginia Honors a Former Slave

Henry Martin was hired in 1847 as a janitor and to ring the university's bell every hour. He did so until 1909.

Lincoln University Rekindles Historic Relationship With a 169-Year-Old Church

Hosanna Church, near the campus of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, was built in 1843. Many of the university's first students were members of the Hosanna congregation.

Fordham University’s Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

The project aims to create a national database for burial grounds and cemeteries of enslaved African Americans within the United States.

Williams College Honors Two Black Alumni

The Multicultural Center at Williams College in Massachusetts has been renamed to honor Allison Davis and his brother John A. Davis.

The Discovery of a New Novel by Claude McKay

Jamaican-born author Claude McKay died in 1948 but recently a researcher in the Columbia University archives discovered a novel penned by the key figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Scholar Discovers the Only Known Painting of the Harlem Renaissance’s Gwendolyn Bennett

Most of Bennett's artwork was destroyed in a fire but in conducting research for a book on Bennett, Belinda Wheeler of historically Black Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, came across a 1931 oil painting.

Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman’s Home

The goal is to recreate gardens that would have existed at the home in Auburn, New York, when Harriet Tubman was in residence.

University of Louisville Upgrades Its Civil Rights History Tour

The tour includes 22 sites around the Louisville area including Freedom Park where civil rights protests occurred in 1961 and a home which was bombed in 1954 when a Black family moved into a previously all-White neighborhood.

African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia Establishes an Archive

The collection, established on the 25th anniversary of the founding of the institute, includes photographs, posters, flyers, and other documents. Also, there are journals written by students who studied abroad in Africa.

New Project Documenting the History of Blacks at Yale Divinity School

The effort is under the director of Moses N. Moore Jr., a graduate of Yale Divinity School who is now an associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University, and Yolanda Smith, a lecturer in Christian education at Yale Divinity School.

Duke University to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Integration

The nine-month celebration, entitled "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students at Duke," will begin in January with a reception at the Nasher Museum of Art.

University of Kansas Debuts New Online Archive of African American Photography

The collection includes more than digital 1,000 images from the 2,700 photographs taken by Hughes of African American workers and their families in Wichita from 1940 through the 1970s.

University of Connecticut Scholars to Study Gullah Culture

Robert Stephens and Mary Ellen Junda, both professors of music at the University of Connecticut, will hold a workshop next summer in Savannah, Georgia, to instruct K-12 teachers on how to educate their pupils on the culture and traditions of the Gullah people.

Lincoln University and the Abolitionist Map of America

The interactive website offers visitors information on events, places, and people associated with the crusade to end slavery in the United States.

Williams College Receives Rare Collection of African-American Writings

The collection includes poetry, plays, prose, anthologies, recordings, and personal correspondence from scholars such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gwendoyln Brooks, Countee Cullen, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Sterling Brown.

University of Alabama at Birmingham to Celebrate the City’s Civil Rights Movement

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has entered into a partnership with the city of Birmingham to sponsor "50 Years Forward," a commemoration of the 1963 civil rights movement in in the city.

Emory Opens New Archive of African American History to Researchers

The family papers of artist and civil rights activist Edwin Harleston and his wife, photographer Elise Harlston, have been fully archived and are now available to researchers at the university's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

University of Cincinnati Reopens Its African American Cultural and Resource Center

The African American Cultural and Resource Center. which was established in 1991, has been undergoing a major renovation project since last August.

Tulane University Exhibit Documents the History of a Local Black Fraternal Group in Louisiana

The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans is currently showing an exhibit to honor the history of the African American fraternal organization, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Louisiana.

University of Alabama Birmingham Conducting Oral History Project of the Civil Rights Movement

The goal of the StoryCorps Griot Initiative is to record for prosperity the stories of the city's residents who participated in the historical civil rights movement in the early 1960s.

New Discovery of Photograph of Edmonia Lewis

The first African American sculptor to receive international fame, was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio where she was accused of trying to poison two White students and stealing artist supplies. She was acquitted but was not permitted to graduate and spent most of her career in Rome.

Ohio State Suspends Chapter of a Historically Black Sorority Over Hazing Incident

Delta Sigma Theta was founded at Howard University a century ago. Members have include Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Robert Harris, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, and Wilma Rudolph.

University of Tennessee Professor’s Research on Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

There are more than 900 streets named for Dr. King. The 900 streets are predominantly in the southeastern United States, where much of the civil rights movement took place. There are 10 states in which there are no streets named after Dr. King.

Emory Students to Prepare Exhibit from Historic Collection of African American Photos

Students in the class "Looking at the Familiar: History, Memory, Race, and Visual Culture" will create an exhibit from the university's archive of 12,000 photographs of African Americans from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The University of Virginia Unveils a New Online Archive of the Civil Rights Movement

The new online digital archive offers biographies of key figures in the civil rights movement, oral histories, and digitized documents relating to each person featured in the archive. The documents include newspaper articles, personal correspondence, letters, court documents, and field reports.

University of South Carolina Project Seeks to Preserve the History of the Civil Rights...

Scholars at the University of South Carolina are establishing an archive documenting the history of the civil rights movement in South Carolina. The project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

University of Louisville Asks the Public’s Help to Preserve a Historical Black Newspaper

Due to the poor quality of microfilm copies, the university has been unable to create a searchable digital archive of the Louisville Leader, an African American newspaper published between 1917 and 1950. The university is asking the public to help transcribe the microfilm files.

PBS Conducting an Oral History Project on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is conducting an oral history project about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can call the PBS NewsHour Oral History Hotline at (703) 594-6PBS and record your story.

University of Alabama to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Desegregation

Throughout the year, the university will hold seminars, lectures, and other events to celebrate 50 years of racial diversity on campus.

The Black Man Who Taught at Auburn University in 1947

African American artist Isaac Scott Hathaway taught a workshop at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University, in the summer of 1947. This was 16 years before the racial integration of the university.

Vanderbilt University Receives the Papers of a Civil Rights Icon

The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., a leading figure in the civil rights movement and an associate of Martin Luther King Jr., has donated a significant portion of his papers to the special collections division of the Vanderbilt University Libraries.

Emory Opens Exhibit of Its SCLC Archives

Emory University in Atlanta officially acquired the archives of Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 2007. Now the university has debuted its first exhibition from the archive.

Jackson State University to Produce an e-Book on Medgar Evers and Margaret Walker

The university, in conjunction with the University Press of Mississippi, is producing an electronic book on the friendship of civil rights leader Medgar Evers and author Margaret Walker Alexander. They were family friends and they lived a block from each other.

University of Tennessee Names Its First Building After an African American

The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, the first new dormitory built on the Knoxville campus in 43 years, is named after the founder of the Office of Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering.

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