May 23, 2022

Howard University Supports Digitization Project: ‘Preserving the Legacy of History of Black Dance in America’

From Howard University: 

Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center will participate in the “Preserving the Legacy and History of Black Dance in America,” a new program recently announced by the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD).

Howard University Dance Photo

“Preserving the Legacy and History of Black Dance in America” will digitize at-risk audiovisual recordings of historically significant material dating back to the 1970s including those from the IABD’s inception in 1988. The project was one of 20 selected from a total of 43 applications nationwide by the Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

These recordings will be digitally reformatted and freely made available worldwide to the public via Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and an archive site that will be accessible from IABD’s website. Videos will also be posted to the IABD YouTube Channel. The material in the initial collection includes panel discussions, lectures, master classes, demonstrations and performances that showcase the work of regional, national and international companies, and provides an inclusive depiction of the rich legacy of the Black Dance experience.

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See Also: Digital Collections: National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection is Now Available to the Public Online, More Than 10,000 Photos Available (December 6, 2019)

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