Our Race, Gender, Politics, and History event

By Shaneé Murrain, July 24, 2020.

Last week’s event—Race, Gender, Politics, and History: Reconstructing Visibility of Black Women’s Activism—was the best-attended webinar in DPLA’s history. We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for five informative and thought-provoking presentations by people and organizations at the forefront of the work to lift up and celebrate Black women’s contributions to not only the suffrage movement but the history of protest and activism in the United States. 

We extend our deepest thanks to our keynote speaker Allison Robinson, from the University of Chicago, and to the presenters from our partner institutions: Dana Chandler from Tuskegee University Archives; Christopher Harter from the Amistad Research Center; Aaisha Haykal from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture; and Sarah Tanner from Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. 

We were thrilled with the positive response to the event, and are in the midst of planning more programming for the coming weeks that brings together some of the elements many of you found so compelling—teaching, learning, and storytelling using digital materials; ensuring equity and inclusion in curatorial decision-making and metadata creation; and how libraries and archives can make meaningful contributions at the intersection of race, gender, politics, and history.

In case you missed it, a recording of Thursday’s event is now available here. 

We’ve also added more detail to our blog post about our Black women’s suffrage partnerships and the specific work each of our partners is doing as part of our forthcoming national digital Black women’s suffrage collection. We expect to launch the website in early September, so please stay tuned for more details, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to be informed of upcoming events.


Thank you,

Shaneé Yvette Murrain
Community Manager, DPLA