As noted in the Society of American Archivists’ June 2 Statement on Black Lives and Archives, the vitality of American archives depends on the safety of archives workers and an explicit commitment to social responsibility, justice, and anti-racism in the work that we do and the organizations we work within.
The SAA Council is convening a forum of reflection to move toward healing and understanding. We invite the archives community to participate in a reflection on the continuation of anti-Black violence and an affirmation of the importance of Black lives. This event is open to all.
Community Reflection on Black Lives and Archives
Friday, June 12, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (12:00 pm PT / 1:00 pm MT / 2:00 pm CT)
RSVP required for Zoom security.
Moderated by Dr. Meredith R. Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta and 74th President of the Society of American Archivists
The SAA Code of Conduct governs expectations of appropriate conduct for this and all SAA events.
The magnitude of support and interest from the archival profession toward the development of tools and resources to dismantle structural racism in our work is inspiring and powerful. We will also be hosting a facilitated planning forum to gather constructive feedback and develop anti-racist goals in July 2020. We look forward to continuing this work with you.
SAA Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
SAA Council Statement on Black Lives and Archives
SAA Code of Conduct
SAA Education: Cultural Diversity Competency (free course)
A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland
Archives for Black Lives in Philly (A4BLiP), Statement of Principles
DocNow: Ethical Considerations for Archiving Social Media Content Generated by Contemporary Social Movements: Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations
National Museum of African American History: LET’S TALK! Dialogues on Race Initiative
Rhizome: Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence
Sixty Inches from Center: The Blackivists’ Five Tips for Organizers, Protestors, and Anyone Documenting Movements
WITNESS: Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video
WITNESS: Community-Based Approaches to Archives From the Black Lives Matter Movement