Following the inspirational vision of our African American Studies department, we collect the records of Black Lives. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives have always mattered. Black Lives will always matter.
To every activist-archivist now in the streets, please be safe. Your activism, and your willingness to document current events, and hold our unjust systems accountable, is a courageous act.
Those of us who collect the present shape the past. That is an enormous honor and an enormous responsibility. We invite all of you to hold us accountable for our decisions and our actions as we do this work.