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Umbra Search African American History

The University of Minnesota, in collaboration with Saint Paul's Penumbra Theatre Company, has created Umbra Search African American History, a search tool that brings together an extensive collection of digital materials related to African American history and art. The name is a nod to the Umbra Society, a 1960s literary collective that played a central role in the Black Arts Movement. With Umbra Search, visitors can explore over 500,000 digitized items. New users may want to start with the Get Started section on the landing page to see highlighted example searches (including Video from the Civil Rights Movement, Underground Railroad, and the Repertoire of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre). Users may also want to venture over to the #UmbraSearch, a companion site that showcases digital projects created by archivists, students, and artists using items found via Umbra Search. These projects include The Life and Times of Hallie Q. Brown, an interactive timeline highlighting the life of the influential activist and educator; The Politics of Bibliophilia, a series of posts from Cecily Marcus and Davu Seru of the Givens Collection of African American Literature; and two poems by Andrea Jenkins, accompanied by a collection of photographs selected by Jenkins herself.
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March 31st, 2017
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March 30th, 2017 at 10:03am
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March 30th, 2017 at 10:39am
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