Monthly Archives: February 2010

Dr. James Egert Allen, First President of New York Branch NAACP

By Amber L. Moore, Project Archivist, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University Dr. James Egert Allen (1896-1980), educator, community advocate, civil rights activist, and author, was an active promoter of African American studies in New York.  He was the first president of the New York Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People…

“To Preach the Gospel to the Poor”

By Sarah Quigley, Project Archivist, Southern Christian Leadership Conference records Ralph David Abernathy assumed the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Roughly one year later, twelve members of Local 1199B of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in Charleston, South Carolina were…

Salman Rushdie Papers Finding Aid Now Available Online

In anticipation of the opening of the Salman Rushdie papers on February 26, 2010, MARBL is pleased to announce that the finding aid is now available to the public. The papers document Rushdie's entire professional career, beginning with the publication of his first novel in 1975 through his most recent writings, and demonstrate the wide…

Lucille Clifton papers fully processed and available for research

The Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) is pleased to announce that the papers of Lucille Clifton, African American poet and children's book author, are fully processed and open to the public. Spanning the years 1930 to 2009, the collection documents Clifton's career as a poet, children's book author, and teacher, her participation in…

The Voter Education Project

By Courtney Chartier, Project Archivist, Voter Education Project Collection The Voter Education Project (VEP) was formed in 1962 as a program of the Southern Regional Council (SRC). It was the brainchild of then U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who wanted to establish a government funded voter registration program that would eliminate the need for…

Unique early Georgia book

It’s always interesting to discover that you’re holding the only known surviving copy of a particular book and I came across one of these the other day. It was a book of Christian morals and theology for children called “Simple rhymes and familiar conversations, for children. By Uncle Charles.” It was published in Penfield, Georgia…

Alice Walker and Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn , an historian, civil rights activist, professor, and author of A People's History of the United States, passed away last week. One of his most beloved students was Alice Walker, whose papers are held by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Walker met Zinn at a Spelman College honors…