The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides a high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts and unique content of interviews of both well-known and unsung African Americans from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, whose life stories would have been lost, were it not for this collection of sources.
New Books & Films
In Emancipation’s Daughters, Riché Richardson examines iconic black women leaders who have contested racial stereotypes and constructed new national narratives of black womanhood in the United States. Drawing on literary texts and cultural representations, Richardson shows how five emblematic black women—Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé—have challenged white-centered definitions of American identity.
History is a Clock
“History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day, it is also a compass people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been, what they have been, where they are and what they are. Most importantly history tells people where they still must go and what they still must be.” –John Henrik Clarke The namesake of Cornell University’s Africana Library, John Henrik Clarke,
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the Bill Adler Archive with the opening of “Def Jam at 30: Declarations of an Independent- 1984-1985,” a website which explores Def Jam’s ground-breaking first year!…