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Join the History Department for a Frederick Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

Honor Frederick Douglass Day and Black History Month by joining a transcribe-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Breiseth 108. History professors Amy Sopcak-Joseph and Jon Kuiken will lead the effort to digitize papers of black feminist and activist Anna Julia Cooper.

Come for any or all of the two hours and help make history accessible to future generations by transcribing Cooper’s work. Light refreshments will be provided. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. The event is co-sponsored by the Division of Global Cultures and the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

Although Douglass was born into slavery and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on Feb. 14. Today Feb. 14 is celebrated as Douglass Day as a collective action for preserving Black history together. Cooper, also born into slavery, earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and rose to prominence as one of the country’s most eloquent and outspoken advocates for race and gender equality. 

frederick douglass transcribe-a-thon day poster


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