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Although The HistoryMakers has interviewed over 3,300 people for its archive, less than five percent have found a repository for their personal papers. Now, as many of the African American leaders of the 20th century pass away without properly securing their legacy, we risk losing their irreplaceable records. Only through major financial investment and substantive institutional partnerships can the rapidly-disappearing historical records be properly preserved. In The Crisis of Black Archives discussion, The HistoryMakers presents evidence on the current lack of a historical record for many African Americans with noted accomplishments. Led by Julieanna Richardson, former directors of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Howard Dodson (1984–2011) and Khalil G. Muhammad (2011–2016) will discuss the challenges faced by repositories of primarily African American materials and identify the steps necessary to properly save this rich history.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Friday, December 18, 2020 as the eighteenth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Date and Time

Friday, December 18, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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