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Julieanna Richardson - African American Workshop and Lecture Series
The HistoryMakers: Preserving 20th Century African American Collections with 21st Century Solutions.

For African Americans, the 20th century represented a century of growth and expansion under difficult circumstances. To the dismay of many, the 21st century has seen a retrenchment in this growth as evidenced by continued social unrest, the siege on our nation’s capital, COVID 19 and the digital divide and educational disparities. Mainstream America’s knowledge of African Americans is still very limited and rooted in stereotype. Many of the nation’s libraries, museums and archives contain racially biased or insensitive material and a lack of African American collections. The need to change this is urgent, since society still preferences those who have documentary evidence of their value. Over the past 21 years, 821 HistoryMakers have passed away. 2020 and 2021 have seen the deaths of civil rights leaders Reverend Joseph Lowery, Reverend CT Vivian and Charles Evers, baseball icon Hank Aaron, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr., country music legend Charley Pride, and art curator/historian David Driskell, among others. These deaths represent significant burnings of “libraries” of information. Yet, while building its own collection, The HistoryMakers has attempted to promote the preservation, growth and awareness of African American collections.

Julieanna Richardson is the founder of The HistoryMakers, the largest national collection effort of African American video oral histories on record since the WPA Slave Narratives. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She founded her own production company, SCTN Teleproductions. Richardson was awarded the 2014 Legacy Award from Black Enterprise Magazine and was profiled in 2014’s American Masters: The Boomer List.

Nov 9, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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