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Some Glimpses of Alabama State

Have you ever wondered what college was like in the 1930s? Take a look at the photos and text in this 1937 Alabama State yearbook and help us transcribe the pages to find out.

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Song sheet for Voulez-vous de la Canne à Sucre? performed by Josephine Baker

"Voulez-vous de la Canne à Sucre?," which translates to “Do You Want Sugarcane?,” was performed by Josephine Baker in the 1930s. The 1930 piece was written by Léo Lelièvre and Henri Varna with music by Paddy. Entirely in French, the song was first performed in the Casino de Paris. Help us transcribe the cover of this song sheet to discover the music of the 1930s.

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Soul City Portfolio

Soul City, North Carolina is a planned community initiated by Floyd McKissick with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1969. He envisioned a town that would offer African American families affordable housing, jobs and healthcare. The town was partially constructed but never finished. This portfolio details residential, industrial, commercial and business plans for the town.

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Sounder

Lonne Elder III was an actor, playwright, and screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for the 1972 film “Sounder,” adapted from William H. Armstrong’s novel of the same name. The film, starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks, centers on an African American sharecropping family during the Great Depression and the difficulties they face after the father is arrested for stealing food as his family was starving. For this work, Elder received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Help us transcribe this Academy Award-nominated screenplay.

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference Citizenship Workbook

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is a civil rights organization that promotes racial equality and social justice through non-violent action. Established in 1957, right after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the organization is well-known for coordinating the activities of local organizations protesting segregation using boycotts, marches, sit-ins and other non-violent tactics. The SCLC was also deeply involved in economic justice and voter registration campaigns. Citizenship schools were established throughout the South to teach adults English literacy and civics so they could pass voter registration tests. This workbook, owned by Kitt E. Kennedy, Sr., of Winnsboro, SC, illustrates the lessons taught to fuel the political activism of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Please help us transcribe the handbook and learn more about the SCLC's efforts.

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Souvenir Centennial Celebration: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Golden Jubilee

The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is one of the oldest Baptist congregations in Florida. Earliest services were held on a plantation 1838. The congregation included many slaves from surrounding plantations who would require a special day pass that allowed them to travel safely to services. During the Civil War, the church building was used as a hospital for the Union Army. After the war, white members of the church attempted to take over the congregation and remove the African American congregants. These African Americans took their case to court where a judge ruled in their favor. Today, the congregation boasts well over fourteen thousand members. This document is a souvenir program from Bethel Baptist Institutional Church's Golden Jubilee. The souvenir shows the lasting legacy of such an important church in the community and African American life. Learn more by transcribing the celebration marking the history of one hundred years of service.

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Souvenir Program for 1924 World's Colored Championship

Baseball, America’s Pastime, was one of the most widely played sports in the 19th and 20th centuries. Unfortunately, as in society in general, racial segregation was heavily present in American baseball. It was an unwritten policy, but remained in effect in the major leagues until 1946 when Jackie Robinson broke the color line and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the 1880s, due to segregation in minor and major league baseball, the Negro leagues were formed. There were several Negro leagues, including the Negro National League (NNL) and the Eastern Colored League (ECL). The 1924 Colored World Series was a nine game series played between the Kansas City Monarchs of the NNL and the Hilldale Athletic Club of the ECL. Step up to the plate and help us transcribe this official souvenir program from the World’s Colored Championship!

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Souvenir Program of the Goodwill Baptist Church in the Dedication of their New House of Worship

The Goodwill Baptist Church was one of the centers of community life for Richmond, Virginia, in 1953. Discover through transcription how they celebrated their anniversary through this Souvenir program.

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Souvenir Program: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Brotherhood Alliance

The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is one of the oldest Baptist congregation in Florida. Earliest services were held on a plantation 1838. The congregation included many slaves from surrounding plantations who would require a special day pass that allowed them to travel safely to services. During the Civil War, the church building was used as a hospital for the Union Army. After the war, white members of the church attempted to take over the congregation and remove the African American congregants. These African Americans took their case to court where a judge ruled in their favor. Today, the congregation boasts well over fourteen thousand members. This document is a souvenir program from the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Brotherhood Alliance for men's day activities. The interior has images of the men's day officials, a program schedule, and information about committees and speakers. The souvenir shows the lasting legacy of such an important church in the community and African American life. Learn more by transcribing and discovering all the activities of the March 18, 1956 event.

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Spanish language flier for a March on Washington to overturn the Bakke decision

Fliers have often been used to spread political information and announce political gatherings. This Spanish-language flier, shared in New York, announces a march happening April 15, 1978 in Washington, D.C. to protest and overturn the Bakke Decision. In 1976, the Supreme Court of California ruled in favor of Allan Bakke, declaring affirmative action at UC Davis’ medical school as unconstitutional. In October 1977, the case, known as the “Bakke Decision” went to the U.S. Supreme Court. After hearing arguments, the Supreme Court decided in June 1978, that race could be one of several factors in college admissions, upholding affirmative action, but ruled that specific racial quotas were impermissible. Help us transcribe this document to learn more about this landmark litigation.

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