Conducting research to facilitate thought and practice has existed for years. As a Black Female Scholar, I find my activism to align with this method the most. In this project, I am aiming to establish two truths. The first is, organizations like the National Urban League are valuable in their methodologies and progression of activism. I see research as an art and find that its different modalities help to bridge gaps in understanding and make it plausible for there to be an infinite means to reach a solution. My second truth is the archives is a repository of social progression. Particularly speaking to the histories of Black indigenous peoples, it is here where primary documents of those histories are available. Archival exhibits like A Ballad for Harlem (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) and Seeking Grace: Black Alumnae at the University of Denver (Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library), help to keep Black history prevalent. The archives make it possible to recover the very histories of people that are constantly being forgotten or erased.
It is with great hope that my online exhibit is not only valuable to scholars or peoples of the museum and archival field, but also those outside of academia. I feel that through my research, I am exercising activism by raising awareness. Exploring and revisiting the many histories, prior to my own. With this being an online exhibit, I want my research and use of the archives to be accessible to all, everywhere.
"Technology is permeating every single thing we do... And to the extent that we can better expose our young people to all the different ways that technology can be used, not just for video games or toys, we're planning for the future." - Marc Morial, Current President of the National Urban League