Wikipedia:Meetup/UNC Edit-a-thon 2014
The North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its second African American history in North Carolina Edit-a-thon, co-sponsored by the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists at UNC's School of Information and Library Science.
At the edit-a-thon, which was open to the public, we created and improved Wikipedia articles about African Americans and African American history in North Carolina. All were invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject needed. We had library resources on hand and a list of suggested topics.
In addition to editing, we gave a tour of our host location, UNC's Wilson Library, one of the University's most picturesque buildings. We also offered refreshments.
WHEN: Sunday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Come when you can, stay as long as you would like.
WHERE: Wilson Library, room 504, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
- Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax.).
- Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of NCC resources and a mini reference desk available for your use. We can also pull additional materials from the Collection as needed.).
- UNC faculty, staff, and students.
WHAT TO BRING:
- A laptop. We'll help you access the University's wireless network.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:
- Enter Wilson Library through the main front entrance. Volunteers will be there to greet you.
- Parking should be available and free in most University parking lots near the library, unless marked as reserved for a special event.
- The Wilson Library website should have directions and more detailed parking information: http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/visit/hours.html
WILL THERE BE FOOD? The most important question! Yes, we will provide food and drink.
WILL I HAVE A SOUVENIR OF MY EXPERIENCE?? Sure. We've got some free posters for you to take home with historic NC images on them.
There are ways to participate remotely! We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll be available during the event for comments and questions on Twitter @NCCollection. You also can direct message us on Twitter with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!
The following are topics that North Carolina Collection staff have identified as needing attention, but participants are encouraged to pursue their own interests as well. Hyperlinked topics already have Wikipedia articles, but may need citations or more information.
Some of these topics are mentioned briefly in other articles, so if you create a new article, try to search for that topic in Wikipedia so that you can create links back to your work.
- The "5" Royales (rhythm & blues band from Winston-Salem, 1950s)
- Louis E. Austin (editor and publisher of The Carolina Times from 1927 to 1971)
- Charlotte Hawkins Brown (educator and academic, 1883-1961)
- Dorothy Lavinia Brown
- Eva Clayton (U.S. Representative, b. 1934)
- Elizabeth Cotten (blues and folk musician and songwriter, 1893-1987)
- Chuck Davis (dancer)
- Helen Edmonds (first African American woman to become dean of a graduate school, at NC Central)
- Henry Frye (first African American justice of NC Supreme Court, b. 1932)
- Clarence Gaines (college men's basketball coach, 1923-2005)
- Abraham Galloway (abolitionist born into slavery, 1837-1870)
- Moses Grandy (author of Life of a Slave, 1786-?)
- J. Eugene Grigsby (artist, 1918- ) (There is currently no Wikipedia entry.)
- James E. Hamlin (founder of Raleigh's Hamlin Drug Co.-oldest black-owned pharmacy in the country)
- Rencher Harris (first African American member of Durham City Board of Education and first African American city councilman in Durham)
- George Moses Horton (poet born into slavery, 1797-1884)
- Thomas H. Jones (writer and abolitionist born into slavery, 1806-?)
- Available image: Thomas Jones
- Howard Nathaniel Lee (politician, first African American mayor of Chapel Hill, b. 1934)
- Bishop Dready Manning (blues and gospel musician, b. 1934)
- Dr. Lewyn E. McCauley (founder of the McCauley Hospital in the first half of the 20th century)
- Millie and Christine McCoy (conjoined twins, stage performers, 1851-1912
- Available image: Mille and Christine McCoy
- John Merrick (founder of NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, born into slavery, 1859-1919)
- Aaron McDuffie Moore (first black physician in Durham, founder of NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1863-1923)
- Available images:
- North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipients
- Wyatt Outlaw (deputy member of Grand State Council of the Union League of America, hanged by KKK in 1870
- Charlie Scott (professional basketball player, b. 1948)
- Wendell Scott (first black NASCAR driver, 1921-1990)
- James E. Shepard (founder of NC Central University, 1875-1947)
- Charles Clinton Spaulding (founder of NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1874-1952)
- Available images
- Charles Clinton Spaulding
- Charles Clinton Spaulding, "Manager of the largest Negro Insurance Company in the world"
- John W. Stephens (state senator, assassinated by KKK in 1870)
- LeRoy T. Walker (first black president of U.S. Olympic Committee, 1918-2012)
- George Henry White (U.S. Congressman, 1852-1915)
- Princeville, NC (town established by freed slaves after the Civil War) (needs a history section)
- Soul City (planned community in Warren County, NC, founded early 1970s)
- St. Philip's Moravian Church, Winston-Salem (oldest standing African American church in NC)
- Jonkonnu (Related to Jonkonnu parades) (antebellum holiday with Caribbean roots)
- Journey of Reconciliation (early Freedom Ride, challenge to segregation on interstate buses)
- Royal Ice Cream Sit-in (Briefly mentioned in article on "Sit-ins" Sit-in#The_1957_Durham.2C_NC_Sit-in) (1957 sit-in in Durham, NC)
- Southern Conference on Race Relations (1942 meeting of African American leaders in the South)
- Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (Supreme Court case upholding busing for racial balance in schools) (needs citation work)
- 3rd North Carolina regiment (all-African American regiment during the Spanish–American War)
- The Carolina Times (African-American newspaper founded in the 1920s)
- North Carolina Fund (Community anti-poverty initiative from the 1960s)
- North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (oldest and largest African American-lead financial company in the U.S.)
- North Carolina State Equal Rights League (founded in 1865 to advocate politically for African Americans)
- WAFR (later WVSP) (first African American public radio station in the U.S.)
Colleges, Universities & Schools
- Bennett College (private HBC for women in Greensboro)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 181
- Billingsley Memorial Academy (Statesville, N.C.)
- Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 210
- Biddle University (Renamed Johnson C. Smith University)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Pages 198-200
- Elizabeth City State University (public HBCU in Elizabeth City)\
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 357
- Immanuel Lutheran College (Greensboro)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 262
- Laurinburg Institute (African American prep school, founded 1904)
- Livingstone College (private HBCU in Salisbury)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Pages 288-289
- North Carolina A&T University (largest public HBCU in the state, in Greensboro)
- New Bern Collegiate Industrial Institute
- Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 116
- Palmer Memorial Institute (African American school, founded 1902)
- United States Navy Pre-Flight School (photos of early military integration for Military History of African Americans page)
- B-1 Band (mentioned in Navy Music Program article)
- Available images: United States Navy Pre-Flight School Photographic Collection and The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History (UNC)
- Shaw University (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Pages 84-89
- St. Augustine's University (private HBCU in Raleigh)
- Available images: An Era of Progress and Promise, Pages 249-250
- Waters Normal Institute
- Available image: An Era of Progress and Promise, Page 24
- Winston-Salem State University (public HBCU in Winston-Salem)
Online Research Sources
- TRLN CCC Long Civil Rights Movement digitization project
- North Carolina Collection Research Guides
- Southern Historical Collection
- SHC African American Documentary Resource Portal
- Documenting the American South
- UNC Libraries African American Studies E-Research Tools
- LEARN NC (Especially the North Carolina History Digital Textbook)
- Black History Month feature spots from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
- N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program essays
- Digital Collections of the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina
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- Frankcjones (talk) 19:26, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
- Sodapopinski7 (talk) 11:51, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
- Jessiwo (talk) 8:35, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
- Atomlattice (talk)
- Royal Ice Cream Sit-in
- Howard Lee
- Elizabeth Cotten
- North Carolina Folk Heritage Award
- John Merrick (insurance)
- Aaron Moore
And research was begun to create or improve articles on The Badgett Sisters, Sid Luck, and The 5 Royales.
- recipient names and bios at http://ncarts.org/economic-development/folk-traditional-arts/heritageaward/