UD Hosting 200th Anniversary Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon with the Smithsonian, Feb. 14th

Dear CMCS Faculty, Students, and Friends,

You’re invited to a celebration of Frederick Douglass Day on February 14, 2018, the 200th anniversary of his chosen birthday. This year, UD is one of the central hubs for an international transcribe-a-thon presented by the Colored Conventions Project, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The event hubs will be based at the University of Delaware, Princeton University, and in Washington, D.C., with more than 60 groups joining us livestreamed across North America and Europe. We would love to see you in person at the library or join us individually by linking to the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center’s website.

You will have the chance to help transcribe documents from the Freedmen’s Bureau, the bureau Congress established after the Civil War to help formerly enslaved people transition to freedom. We will livestream the entire transcribe-a-thon, featuring brief talks from historians and curators, along with a dramatic reading of a speech by Frederick Douglass and a dance performance by Lynnette Overby’s Women of Consequence ensemble. CCP members and Smithsonian staff will be available on both Facebook and Twitter.

To view more info, please visit the event page or view/print the UD event flyer!

Join the Colored Conventions Project for history, transcribing, performance, and cake!
Where: University Library, Room 114
When: 12:00-3:00 pm, Feb. 14th, 2018

Register Today at:  http://coloredconventions.org/hbd

We like to believe that Douglass and his fellow activists might have appreciated a community, spread across geographies, working together to preserve Black history. We hope you can join us!

Denise, Anna, and Allison on behalf of the Colored Conventions Project