From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Black lives in America, especially as they play out in Facebook exchanges, tweets, memes, gifs, pictures, videos and chats, are increasingly vital to understanding the history of now.
As this ephemeral information speeds past us in binary bits, untethered to anything lasting and permanent, is it possible to capture and archive it for future generations?
With a project called “Archiving the Black Web,” Makiba Foster, and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center [AARLCC] in Fort Lauderdale, wants to try.
Foster came to the Fort Lauderdale library in May 2019 from the acclaimed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a division of the New York Public Library, where she served as the assistant chief librarian and established a groundbreaking web-archiving program. Scholars from around the world are drawn to the Schomburg, which Foster calls “the mecca” for research in Black studies.
The Schomburg and the Fort Lauderdale center are two of three libraries in the United States with archival collections dedicated to the culture and history of African Americans and others of African descent. The third is the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta.
- Direct to Virtual AARLCC