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Unboxing History

Nine decades of history rest in boxes at the Afro-American newspaper. By opening those boxes, student archivists have begun to shed light on thousands of underexplored lives. Read the article in Johns Hopkins Magazine.


Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics

Rap’s critique of police brutality in the 1980s. The Hip Hop Political Convention. The rise (and fall) of Kwame Kilpatrick, the “hip-hop mayor” of Detroit. Barack Obama echoing the body language of Jay-Z on the campaign trail. A growing number of black activists and artists claim that rap and hip-hop are the basis of an […]


The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960

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The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two indispensable epochs saw the communal rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. While these […]


Mining the ‘Afro-American’ Archives

In order to preserve The Afro-American Newspaper’s archival holdings and make them accessible to the masses, the Center for Africana Studies and the Sheridan Libraries’ Center for Educational Resources have embarked on the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project, a student internship program funded by a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more in the JHU Gazette.


DPAAP Begins Digging

Five student interns have begun the work of uncovering and describing the contents of The Afro-American Newspapers archives. The 116-year-old Baltimore-based newspaper company is the longest running family-owned African American newspaper in the nation. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project (DPAAP) is a three-year collaboration between JHU’s Center for Africana Studies, the Sheridan Libraries’ […]


Hopkins Marks 30th Anniversary of ‘Callaloo’

Poetry and fiction readings, lectures, conversations, and panel discussions will this week celebrate 30 years of continuous publication of Callaloo, the premier African Diaspora literary journal, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Read more in the JHU Gazette.


‘Afro’ Archives to Be Unlocked by New Grant

The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded $476,000 to collaborate with the Baltimore-based Afro-American Newspapers to open the 115-year-old newspaper company’s historic archives to access by scholars and others. Read the article in the JHU Gazette.


Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius

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Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary […]