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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AFRICAN ACTIVIST ARCHIVES

The African Activist Archive Project now has 5,000 digital items in
its free, online collection (http://africanactivist.msu.edu/) from the
U.S. anti-apartheid and other solidarity movements during the early
1950s to the mid-1990s. It includes documents, posters, photographs,
T-shirts, buttons, and audio and video recordings that were produced
by more than 260 groups in 35 U.S. states plus the District of
Columbia. The archive also includes
materials in support of the anti-colonial struggles elsewhere in
Southern Africa, especially Namibia, Rhodesia, Angola, Mozambique, and
Guinea-Bissau.

Now, several college courses and at least one PhD dissertator are
using this burgeoning collection. And we are continuing to add
materials - 1,500 items in 2011 and a planned 1,000 more in 2012.

We also continue to contact former activists in the Africa solidarity
movement who would like to cooperate with us. We can assist with
arranging for a physical collection to be donated to the Michigan
State University Library Special Collections. For those who want to
donate them to another repository or keep their collections, we are
happy to create digital copies of selected materials and return the
originals.

In January, we started a Facebook page
(http://www.facebook.com/African.Activist.Archive) where we highlight
historically interesting and newly added items to the digital
collection and point to similar archival projects.

If you have materials to be archived - or know someone else who saved
activist materials from the struggles supporting African freedom, let
us know before they may be discarded. Contact Richard Knight
(rvknight@earthlink.net).

Source: Christine Root

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