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Dig into archives and collections that celebrate, document, and preserve the history and lived experiences of Black Americans. From home movies to oral histories, through artists’ reclamations and reframing of historic materials, join us in hearing from the archivists, artists, and librarians who are committed to bolstering the voices, culture, and stories of Black Americans.
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Join Charlene Foggie-Barnett, Teenie Harris Community Archivist, as she shares the story of photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris and his stunning archive, now held at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Harris was the preeminent photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s prominent black newspapers photographing Pittsburgh’s historic African American community from 1935 to 1975. Over the course of his career and personal photographic work, he amassed over 70,000 images, cultivating one of the most detailed and intimate records of the Black urban experience known today.
Hear from educator and writer Jalynn Harris about the complicated archival work of Marion Stokes. Beginning in 1979 and continuing until her death in 2012, Stokes recorded television constantly, with a visionary intent of tracking everything she could to create the opportunity for people to take a more critical lens to the historical record. Join Harris as she speaks to her recent essay about Stokes's work.