Recap of Object Based Learning Workshop with Clark Atlanta University Art Museum

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GLAM Museum Education Curator, Martina Dodd, and Clark Atlanta University Art Museum Director, Dr. Maurita Poole, discuss artwork with workshop attendees.

We kicked off this semester’s first GLAM Faculty Development Workshop in Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’s object study classroom on August 20th.  The museum’s newly created object study classroom is the perfect setting for close study of art works from the permanent collection that are rarely seen or exhibited.  Dr. Maurita Poole, Director of Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, facilitated an insightful discussion on the creative process of two artists represented in their permanent collection. AUC faculty from multiple disciplines closely examined Roy DeCarava’s Pickets alongside Atlanta-based photographer Shelia Pree Bright’s photographs of protests in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to consider how artists record and depict important current and historical events.   Although DeCarava is most widely known as a photographer, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’s collection holds one of his earlier works on paper – a seriograph of two men walking a picket line.

written by Martina Dodd, GLAM Museum Education Curator

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“Eyes on the Prize”, other documentaries available for streaming through AUC Woodruff Library

If you’re eagerly anticipating poring over the sources listed in the LibGuide companion to our upcoming voting rights exhibit, an excellent resource to hold you over is the award-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement”. Originally aired in 1986, the 14 part series is narrated by the late Julian Bond and features a treasure trove of archival footage and interviews with the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including John Lewis, Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King, and many more. The emotionally-charged series traces the Civil Rights movement from its early days of the Montgomery bus boycott and the national reaction to the murder of Emmett Till to the election of Chicago’s first black mayor in the 1980s. Documentary films can make excellent sources for your research papers, and the heavy reliance on primary source material in “Eyes on the Prize” makes it a superior resource on understanding the Civil Rights movement in America.

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GLAM Center staff is always on the lookout for great resources, and while conducting research for our upcoming voting rights exhibit, we were thrilled to find that this documentary series was made available through the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Kanopy database. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming platform offering a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. In addition to documentaries on a wide variety of subjects, Kanopy also streams a great selection of classic and modern films in genres ranging from comedy to horror, making it a great option for when you’ve managed to watch everything on your Netflix queue! The best part of all is that Kanopy is 100% free of charge; you only need to sign in with your Woodruff Library login to access hundreds of great videos!

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Once you’ve watched all the great documentaries Kanopy has to offer on the struggle for voting rights in America, stay tuned for the opening of our voting rights exhibit at the Woodruff’s Archives Research Center (and its digital companion at http://glam.auctr.edu/) in early October!

-written by Gayle Schechter, GLAM Digital Exhibitions Coordinator

GLAM Center Featured Collection: The Voter Education Project

One thing is on many citizens’ minds this fall: voting. Voting is a powerful tool in our democracy that can help marginalized groups amass political power, and, for that reason, the fight for the right to vote in the United States has often been a contentious, and sometimes bloody, battle. Despite the ratification of the 15th Amendment guaranteeing American men the right to vote regardless of race in 1870 following the Civil War, African Americans throughout the country, but especially in the South, often found resistance to exercising this freedom.

The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1960 mandated, among other protections, preservation of registration and voting records in federal elections and judicial appointments of voting “referees” to compile evidence of voting rights violations. However, African Americans who protested unjust treatment or attempted to register to vote were often met by violent pushback from Southern whites. The surge of negative press regarding civil rights protests caught the eye of the Kennedy administration, with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy who believed that a privately funded voter registration program would eliminate the need for these protests. The Southern Regional Council (SRC), with the full support of the Kennedy administration, established the Voter Education Project (VEP) in 1962.

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VEP Selma Poster, circa 1960s

Initially a 2 year pilot project, the VEP provided grants to Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), National Urban League, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Despite President Kennedy’s request that, with the formation of the VEP, these groups halt protest activities, only the NAACP complied. When the VEP launched in 1962, only about 25% of voting age African Americans were registered throughout the South, with states like Mississippi having only about 6% of its voting age African Americans registered.

In its first two years, VEP efforts increased African American voter registration in Southern states from roughly 25% to roughly 40%, with nearly 800,000 new African American voters registered. Despite the success of the initial VEP campaign, the organizations funded by the VEP continued to face brutality and police repression against their voter registration campaigns. The collective national frustration over the dangers VEP volunteers faced ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent Voting Rights Act of 1965. The VEP continued to work under the auspices of the Southern Regional Council until 1971, when it became an independent organization under the leadership of now-Congressman John Lewis. Under the leadership of Lewis, the VEP continued to expand its mission throughout the country until financial hardships led to its closing in 1992.

Interested in learning more about the work of the Voter Education Project? You can view the GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning’s featured collection of VEP images on our digital portal. The Archives Research Center at AUC’s Robert W. Woodruff Library can provide access to the Voter Education Project organizational records and stay tuned for the GLAM Center’s digital exhibit on voting rights this fall!

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“Register and Vote” line, undated

-written by Gayle Schechter, GLAM Digital Exhibitions Coordinator

AUC Woodruff’s GLAM Center welcomes new and returning students back to campus!

It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to a close and the Atlanta University Center (AUC) campuses are beginning to hustle and bustle with the activity of new and returning students. Whether you’re a student interested in finding out more about the art and historical holdings across the AUC’s cultural institutions or a faculty member looking to incorporate more artwork and primary sources into the curriculum, the new GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning is an exciting new resource!

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“Students”, undated, Atlanta University Photographs

The AUC GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Center is a collaboration between AUC’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, Archives Research Center, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. In addition to providing faculty with training in object-based learning methods, the GLAM Center’s digital portal (http://glam.auctr.edu) is a centralized hub of digital images of archival and art holdings from across the GLAM Center’s member institutions, thematic digital exhibitions, and educational resources for faculty, students, and anyone interested in African-American art and history.

The GLAM Center has big plans for the 2018-2019 school year, including new exhibits and faculty workshops. Stay tuned to the AUC Woodruff Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest in GLAM news!

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Page from Clark Atlanta University’s Panther, 2011, Clark Atlanta University Printed and Published Materials

-written by Gayle Schechter, GLAM Digital Exhibitions Coordinator