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LAPL Local History Edit-a-thon inpartnership with AfroCROWD LA
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When:Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time:9:30 am – 11:30 am PDT

Join us on Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:30am-11:30am for the LAPL and AfroCROWD training on how to organize a Local History Edit-a-thon at LAPL.

Wikipedia is often the first source of information for people searching on the Internet. Facilitating Wikipedia edit-a-thons can empower patrons to have a hand in increasing representation on the Internet's largest reference source, including entries on women to people of color to LGBTQ community members. With training from AfroCROWD LA organizer Kai Alexis Smith, librarians can teach patrons how to create and edit authoritative articles about local figures, buildings, and other aspects of their communities on Wikipedia. This involves increasing citations, correcting information, expanding content and editing the readability of identified entries. This workshop will cover technical details, policies, and how to edit in Wikipedia. Electronic and print sources will be provided at the training for a hands-on editing exercise.

Please note, we encourage attendees to:

  1. Create a Wikipedia accounts before the event.
  2. Join our event dashboard


  1. Training videos here

Potential Articles with References[edit]

Founder of groundbreaking Los Angeles newspaper at the turn of the 20th century, documenting the views and happenings of the nascent black community. Edmonds was an early booster, and encouraged the migration of black folks to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based African American newspaper started and owned by J.L. Edmonds. We won't have the paper on hand at the workshop unfortunately because it is at SRLF being prepped for digitization.

First African American woman licensed to practice dentistry in California and co-founder of the historic Dunbar Hotel and the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP.

Pioneering Chinese American architect who designed churches and other public buildings in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

Chinese-American restaurant owner and music promoter, called the "Godmother of Punk" in Los Angeles, California.

Acosta became the first Hispanic treasurer of the United States (1971–1974) and owner of a multimillion-dollar business, Ramona's Mexican Food Products, Inc. headquartered in Gardena, California. She also co-founded the Pan American National Bank in East Los Angeles.

Barber and gender non-conformist from LA who became something of a butch icon, inspiring Raquel Gutiérrez’s performance, The Barber of East L.A.; appeared in the documentary On These Shoulders We Stand and Nancy from East Side Clover; informed the books Gay L.A. and Lipstick Lesbians.

An American politician serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, Wendy Maria Carrillo Dono represents the 51st State Assembly district, encompassing parts of northeastern Los Angeles and East Los Angeles.

Often referred to as "The First Lady of the Hispanic Theater" was an American actress best known for her role in the PBS bilingual children's program Villa Alegre. Carmen Margarita Zapata is also the co-founder and director of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Hoy Fin de Semana product is [possibly] the largest home-delivered Spanish-language newspaper in the nation.

Founded in 1903 in the name of two-term Mayor James R. Toberman, Toberman house is the oldest charity in the city of Los Angeles, and the oldest United Methodist mission project in the Western U.S.

Composed of three high rise buildings designed in the modernist architectural style, built in the early 1960s.