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Letter to Oscar W. Price from Colonel Charles Young, January 21, 1918

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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Letter to Oscar W. Price from Colonel Charles Young, July 14, 1918

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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Letter to Oscar W. Price from Colonel Charles Young, March 27, 1919

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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Letter written by John Moody to his parents about the Freedom Rides

John Moody Jr. wrote this letter to his parents from the Hinds County (Mississippi) jail on May 27, 1961. A 30-year old student at Howard University, Moody was among hundreds of “Freedom Riders” who rode buses into southern states to protest segregation on interstate buses and the terminals. Organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Freedom Riders endured violence and arrest, but brought national attention to their cause. In this letter, Moody explains his reasons for joining the protest and describes the bus ride between Montgomery, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi as well as his experiences in jail.

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Martha's Vineyard NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Souvenir Journal, 1988

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this program for a screening of Liz White’s production of Othello.

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Mastering notes for the album Things Fall Apart by The Roots

One of the most influential hip-hop groups of this generation is The Roots. Their mixture of jazz and electronic music with live instruments was unique in hip-hop. The Roots’ frontman Questlove wrote these six pages of notes for the group’s fourth album, "Things Fall Apart," showcasing his talents as a producer and songwriter. Recorded from 1997-1999 at the Electric Lady Studios, "Things Fall Apart" steered The Roots in new musical directions and helped raise public awareness on many social issues. Help us transcribe and discover Questlove’s creative thought process as he created this amazing musical composition.

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Minutes of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Convention of the Woman's Mite Missionary Society

The Women's Mite Missionary Society was founded in 1847 as a society to help give assistance in Haiti. The number of women who desired to work in missions grew, and the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was formed and is now operating all over the world. Help us transcribe the minutes from the Baltimore Branch of the Woman's Mite Missionary Society to learn what was discussed at their 1925 conference.

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Moslem World & The U.S.A. 1

"Moslem World & the U.S.A." was the first monthly journal about Islam in the United States. This work, edited by Abdul Basit Naeem, is from August/September 1956 and features articles by some of the most prominent Muslims of the time period, Malcom X and Elijah Muhammad. The pamphlet includes stories, editorials, sermons, and news of Muslims in America and throughout the world, including countries such as the U.S.S.R., Yemen, and India. Help us transcribe this work and take an inside look at Muslim life in America and around the world in the 1950s.

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Moslem World & The U.S.A. 2

"Moslem World & the U.S.A." was the first monthly journal about Islam in the United States. This special edition covers October, November, and December 1956. The pamphlet includes stories, editorials, sermons, and news of Muslims in America and throughout the world, including countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Help us transcribe this work and take an inside look at Muslim life in America and around the world in the 1950s.

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National Baptist Metoka and Galeda Bible Class Magazine, September 1917

This National Baptist Metoka and Galeda Bible Class Magazine was published by the National Baptist Publishing Board in September 1917. The name of the journal derives from the names of the Sunday school classes for young men (Metoka) and young women (Galeda). The journal includes editorials, Sunday school lessons, and a number of advertisements. Help us transcribe this magazine to find out what a Sunday School class was like one hundred years ago!

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