Celebrate Douglass Day 2024

   Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879.

Join us transcribing the correspondence of Frederick Douglass (American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman) to celebrate Douglass Day on Wednesday, February 14. Please help promote the event by bringing your class or encouraging drop-in attendance as extra credit.

 Although Douglass never knew his birth date, he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Douglass Day 2024 will feature general correspondence of Douglass from 1841-1912 located in the Library of Congress. This crowd-sourced project will be attempting to transcribe all 8,731 pages in one day with partners around the world, and we need your help! All are invited anytime from 3 - 5 pm in Drake Library Kiefer Room.

The goal is to create new and freely available resources for learning about black history. This collection includes public letters, intimate family moments, and more. They show many aspects of Frederick Douglass’s life fighting for Black rights and citizenship.

Douglass Day is co-presented by the Library of Congress using their ‘By the People’ platform.  If you can’t attend in-person on February 14, you can also transcribe from anywhere with an Internet connection. This is a great way to learn about primary sources and contribute to public openly access digital scholarship.

In addition to Drake Library, we thank the following for their support: History Forum, History Department, African & African American Studies Department, Women & Gender, Studies Department, Education & Human Development, Public History Minor, Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Joey Jackson Intercultural Center, and the Friends of Drake Library.

Refreshments available. If you are bringing a class, please contact: morzech@brockport.edu 

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Author: Mary Jo Orzech



Posted: January 25, 2024