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DIGITAL: Gallon on the Chicago Defender’s Standing Dealers List | Black Press Research Collective


Enjoying this essay and research by Kim Gallon of the Black Press Research Collective:

“The Chicago Defender, also known as the “World’s Greatest Weekly,” encouraged over a million African Americans living in the South to migrate to urban cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York between 1915 and 1925.   Founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, it was the largest and best selling black newspaper in the first three decades of the twentieth century.

DIGITAL: Delmont’s Black Quotidian (Using Scalar)

Everyday Black Life/History Project from Matthew Delmont! –

Black Quotidian is a digital project designed to highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history. This site features historical articles from black newspapers such as the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, and Philadelphia Tribune. These newspapers—digitized as part of the ProQuest Black Newspaper collection—are among the most important sources for understanding black history and culture in the twentieth century.  Similarly, the Library of Congress has digitized dozens of African-American newspapers that chronicle life in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. By emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects.

DIGITAL: Currie and Ligon Curate Google Cultural Institute Exhibit “Black College Life in the New Deal” | U.S. National Archives

Netisha Currie (Archives Specialist) and Dr. Tina Ligon (Lead Archivist) curated the gorgeous “Black College Life in the New Deal” exhibit for the Google Cultural Institute and the U.S. National Archives:


“The photographs in this exhibit are all from the series Kenneth Space Photographs of the Activities of Southern Black Americans, 1936 – 1937 (National Archives Identifier 559211), located at the National Archives at College Park.

For more information and updates about records at the National Archives relating to black history, please visit the Rediscovering Black History blog (”

A Photo Exhibit Through the Lens of Kenneth Space, Photographer for the  Harmon Foundation

Joseph on The Black Drag Queens Who Fought Before Stonewall at Outhistory

Outhistory is featuring original research by Channing Joseph on “drag” parties hosted in Washington, D.C.

“If Swann and his companions were alive today, they might proudly declare themselves to be gay or transgender. In doing so, they would receive support and validation for their desires and identities from LGBT people and allies in every sizable American city, including the nation’s capital. They would receive support from powerful organizations and people within the legal, political, medical and religious establishments.In 19th-century society, however, the organizers of Washington’s underground drag parties were known simply as deviant men, and it is quite likely that the only support and validation that they could hope for was from one another. These men were not only among the nation’s first drag queens. They were rebels whose sacrifices, courage and determination helped lay the foundations of self-acceptance, solidarity and community that made the Stonewall riots possible more than 80 years later.”