Research Tools: University of Michigan African American Student Project Launches Black Student Database Through 1970
From The Michigan Daily:
The University of Michigan recently announced the launch of a new public database of Black students who attended the University from 1853 through 1970. The database, searchable by factors like enrollment years, hometown, college or graduate school and extracurricular activity involvement, is the first centralized compilation of its kind at the University.
Angela Dillard, History Department Chair and a member of the Bentley Historical Library executive committee, said the concept of a centralized database in part grew out of the Being Black at the University of Michigan movement (#BBUM) beginning in the fall of 2013.
“There was a list of demands on the University that student activists put forward and one of them was more help in understanding the archival records associated with African American students, in particular, at the University,” Dillard said. “All of this stuff has always been over at the Bentley Historical Library … But I think what student activists wanted was help making sense of it.”
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