In today’s COVID-19 environment, many are looking for educational and engaging electronic resources. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is the perfect tool. It contains over 2,600 of the 3,300 interviews within The HistoryMakers collection, which is housed permanently at the Library of Congress and is used in over seventy-five colleges, universities, and public libraries across the country. This program, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive: Innovative Uses, moderated by Sirius XM reporter Karen Hunter, features academic administrators, librarians, and students who have found innovative ways to use the content within the archive, from biographies and virtual book clubs to dramatic performances and other cultural programs. Joining Karen Hunter is The University of Virginia’s Associate Dean of African American Affairs, Michael G. Mason. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers Higher Education Advisory Committee.
This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Sunday, December 20 as part of the final installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.
Karen Hunter was the lead host on “The ‘RL Morning Show” on WWRL and was named one of the “Heavy Hundred” (The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America) by industry bible Talkers Magazine all three years on the air. She is currently the host of The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM. A former sports and news reporter with the New York Daily News for 16 years, Karen Hunter served four of those years on the editorial board of The News, where she was a member of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize- and Polk Award-winning teams. She was also the paper’s first African-American female news columnist. As the head of Karen Hunter Books, an imprint with Simon & Schuster, Karen Hunter has published several New York Times bestsellers including True You by pop icon Janet Jackson and Mama Dearest by the late E. Lynn Harris.
Dr. Michael Gerard Mason joined the staff of African American Affairs in the Spring of 2015. He serves as an Associate Dean and as the Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center. Before joining the OAAA staff full-time, Dr. Mason held several positions at the University. In 2008, Dr. Mason joined the faculty of the Counselor Education department in the Curry School of Education as an Assistant Professor. In 2010, he transitioned to a Clinical position, Multicultural Specialist, in the Elson Student Health Counseling and Psychological Services Department, where he served as a staff psychotherapist and liaison to African American Affairs. In this capacity, he served as the Director of Project RISE, a peer counseling project created for Black students by Black students. Dr. Mason developed the training for all of the student peer counselors and peer supporters.