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Category: African American History

Group of women wearing hats and coats standing outside of the White House.

New American Federation of Labor By the People Crowdsourced Transcription Campaign Launched

Posted by: Ryan Reft

A new By the People crowdsourced transcription campaign, “American Federation of Labor Records: Letters in the Progressive Era,” launched in late April. By taking part in the campaign, volunteers will discover how the labor union engaged with issues of race, class, and gender during the early twentieth century.

Monochrome portrait of Evers in suit and tie

Intern Spotlight: The Legacy of Medgar Evers through the NAACP Records

Posted by: Josh Levy

Recently acquired primary sources within the NAACP Records reveal the devotion and courage of Mississippi field secretary Medgar Evers and his work to eliminate racial violence, desegregate higher education and services, and secure voting rights. His tragic murder led Evers’s wife, Myrlie Evers-Williams, to build a legacy of civil rights and social justice activism of her own.

Woman speaking at a podium.

Live! at the Library: Reflections from the Past, Present and Future with Mosaic Theater

Posted by: Elizabeth Novara

This guest post is by Adrienne Cannon, historian of African American history and culture in the Manuscript Division. On September 22, 2022, the Manuscript Division partnered with the Exhibits Office and Mosaic Theater to present Live! at the Library: Reflections from the Past, Present and Future with Mosaic Theater. A recording of the event is …