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Poetry Contest Day 5

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 25, 2020

While preparing materials for a faculty workshop last fall, I happened across a brief correspondence from Langston Hughes in the St. Louis Urban League Records. November 29, 1940 from Los Angeles, California, Langston Hughes wrote, “Dear Mr. Clark:  I read with much interest of your plans f...

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Day 2 An Unexpected Find

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 19, 2020

In February while meeting with some history students visiting the archives, I came across some unexpected photographs of John Lewis as a young man.   They capture one brief moment — a Sunday afternoon in May 1963 as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in St. Louis hosted an...

Faculty Project Uses GIS to Explore History of Racial Violence

By Dorris on November 11, 2019

Geoff Ward is associate chair of Washington University’s Department of African and African-American Studies, where he is associate professor. His project the Racial Violence Archive is an interactive digital research tool that uses geographic information systems (GIS) to explore the history and l...

Film & Media Archive Completes Grant-Funded Digitization Project

By Barry Kelley on October 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the project “Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews.” The project was completed with the support of a 2018 grant from the National Historical Publications ...

Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative Griot Museum

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 21, 2018

Washington University Libraries is one of several community partners joining The Griot Museum of Black History on the Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative — an arts and culture community awareness initiative  exploring the ongoing relationship between HIV/AIDS and the St. Louis region’s African-Ameri...

Film Screening: “The Color of Medicine” and “Code Blue”

By Julie Hale on October 26, 2018

As part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, “The Color of Medicine” and “Code Blue” will be screened in Brown Hall at Washington University on Saturday, November 3. Co-presented by the University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Film Ser...

Civil War, Slavery and Abolition Periodicals Collection

By Matthew on July 31, 2018

This collection contains periodicals published during and after the U.S. Civil War and also periodicals that chronicle the African American experience before and throughout the war. Particular collections include American Civil War Periodicals 1855-1868 and Slavery and Abolition 1789-1887.  ...

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The Black Panther: A Comic Book History

By Vernon Mitchell, Jr., Curator of Popular American Arts on May 23, 2018

The late 1960s was a tumultuous time for America both domestically and abroad. The events taking place outside U.S. shores, such as the Vietnam conflict, began to affect domestic unrest in already existing social movements, most notably the Civil Rights Movement. Although President Lyndon Johnson...

They Travel with So Much: Q&A with Monique Bedasse

By John Moore on March 2, 2018

Monique Bedasse, an assistant professor in history and African and African American studies, is a historian whose work crosses national boundaries, retracing the paths taken by people in the African diaspora. Her new book is Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of De...