Oberlin College Libraries will celebrate Frederick Douglass’ birthday by participating in the Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon event on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. This year's Douglass Day theme is “Black Women in the Colored Conventions.” We will focus on transcribing the records of the Colored Conventions, the nineteenth century’s longest campaign for Black civil rights. Together we can learn about the long history of Black activism — including the important roles of Black women in the conventions. We encourage you to join in this fun, crowdsourcing effort as we create and preserve Black history together.
The Colored Conventions Project has lots of documents from state and national conventions of Black activists in the 19th century. We will transcribe these convention minutes, proceedings, news coverage, letters, and much more! For a sneak preview, browse around on the CCP’s Digital Records website.
If you've never done any transcription before, it’s okay! No experience is necessary, and online tutorials are available to help. So are your librarians! :-)
OCL’s Douglass Day event will run (virtually via Zoom) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. You can drop in for as long (or as little) as you'd like. To register for this Zoom virtual event, go to: https://tiny.cc/OCLDouglassDay2022.
For more information on Douglass Day, go to: https://douglassday.org/
Watch this space for additional information as we gear up for this collective act of radical love for Black history!