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No Depression Features Zora Neale Hurston

We’re happy to announce a new venture in getting our stories out there! We’re working with No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music, which is published by the nonprofit Freshgrass Foundation.  They’ll be publishing a column called Roots in the Archive, featuring content from the American Folklife Center and Folklife Today, over at their website. […]

Winding Down the Civil Rights History Project: A Retrospective and Appreciation

As African American History Month concludes in 2020, the AFC is proud to announce the culmination of the Civil Rights History Project (CRHP) with the online release of the last batch of the 145 video interviews recorded with veteran activists for the collection. All the interviews are available on the Civil Rights History Project page, at […]

News Coverage of Folklife Research for African American History Month

The American Folklife Center has recently received some coverage for our efforts to research and recognize African American history which we’d like to tell you about. Last weekend the Atlanta Journal Constitution published this article about the spiritual “Kumbaya.” In the article, Shelia M. Poole interviews AFC staff members John Fenn and Stephen Winick (hey, that’s me) and even call me “the folklorist version of Sherlock Holmes” for locating what we believe to be the first sound recording of “Kumbaya” some years ago. She also interviews Griffin Lotson, who did research here and in Georgia, and who helped get the song declared the first State Historical Song of Georgia. We wrote about that research here on the blog. We also did a podcast about it, at this link. And we’ve previously  been covered and interviewed by the New York Times, which you can find here.

The Terrain of Freedom: Mapping Stories about People and Places in the African American Struggle for Justice, Rights, & Equality

I wish I knew how It would feel to be free I wish I could break All the chains holding me I wish I could say All the things that I should say Say ’em loud, say ’em clear For the whole round world to hear Nina Simone, I Wish I Knew How It Would […]

VHP’s Newest Online Exhibit: Breaking Ground and Boundaries: Veteran Changemakers

Earlier this week, the Veterans History Project (VHP) launched a new online exhibit to highlight the stories of veteran “changemakers.” You might be asking yourself, who or what is a changemaker, exactly, and why are we focusing on them? In early 2019, the Library of Congress launched a year-long initiative to explore the stories of […]

“Display Day” Brings Veterans to the Table

The following is a guest post by 2019 Junior Fellows Kim Windham and Patricia Glaser, who worked with the Veterans History Project (VHP) this summer. As a community-driven archive where all veterans’ histories are valued, the Veterans History Project (VHP) has collected more than 110,000 veterans’ narratives of their time in service.  All of these collections […]

African Americans in the “Forgotten Theater” of World War II

The following is a guest post by Patricia Glaser, a Junior Fellow working with the Veterans History Project (VHP) this summer. They told us to be careful with our equipment and our clothing when we went to bed that night– be sure to fasten the mosquito netting. Not only to keep out the mosquitos but […]

“See the World” in the Veterans History Project Archive

Kimberly Windham and Patricia Glaser are Junior Fellows working for the Veterans History Project this summer. This guest blog post, written by Kim and based on research done by both Fellows, describes their experience exploring VHP collections. As Junior Fellows, our mandate was to discover and elevate the voices of African Americans in the Veterans History […]

Which One Do You Love Most?

It’s Valentine’s Day. It seems everyone has love on their minds today—at least half of us, anyway. Last year, the National Retail Federation predicted that 54.7% of the United States adult population was planning to celebrate the holiday with their significant others, friends or pets to the tune of nearly $20 billion. Yes, billion with […]