Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Black History month editathon

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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


Everyone is welcome!

Women in Red


About the event[edit]

Wikipedia is a primary way finding information in the modern world – it is truly an incredible resource. But its power can be dangerous. It means that its systemic biases can have a large impact on the way we think. Wikipedia, like most mainstream publishing and media, is very disproportionately white and male. However, unlike traditional information resources, Wikipedia’s users can have a direct positive impact on its content.

In celebration of Black History Month, this event is focused on increasing the representation of women of colour on Wikipedia. It gives you a chance to directly engage in history, have a real world impact by creating a Wikipedia page from scratch and learn about some incredible women of colour that the world should know about. The University’s Wikimedian in Residence, Ewan McAndrew, will be leading the session and teaching Wikipedia editing from the very basics, so no previous knowledge is necessary. (Editing Wikipedia is not hard to pick up as this 5 minute walkthrough of the new Visual Editor interface demonstrates). Computers will be provided or bring your own if you prefer.

Come along and get involved in creating better representation of women of colour on the world's largest information resource! Help create new role models for young and old alike!

We Can Edit
Interview Emily Temple-Wood discussing gender diversity on Wikipedia

Wikimedia UK Black History Month first edit

How do I prepare?[edit]

The Manual of Style[edit]

Wikipedia has help pages which set out style guidelines for pages being created on certain subject areas. Please have a look at the following pages:


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

Hit list of articles to be created or improved[edit]

Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.

The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!


This is a list under development of missing articles on black women who are (or have been) notable in various fields of endeavor.


Antigua and Barbuda[edit]









Cayman Islands[edit]



Dominican Republic[edit]


  • Yemodish Bekele (born 1960) is an Ethopian poet and short story writer. The first Ethiopian woman to publish her own book of short stories, she is president of the Ethiopian Women Writers’ Association.[1]
  • Maria Abbebù Viarengo (born 1949) is an Ethiopian-Italian writer.
  • Azeb Worku (born 1975) is an Ethopian actress, theatre producer and playwright.[2]















  • Petra Hoost (b 1976) first Afro-Dutch woman to win the Miss Netherlands pageant in 1996. [123]


Puerto Rico[edit]



Sierra Leone[edit]

South Africa[edit]

[167] [168] [169]


St. Kitts and Nevis[edit]

St. Lucia[edit]

St. Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]





Trinidad and Tobago[edit]



United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Bessie Coleman, aviator














  • Caroline Quarlls (1824-1892), first known person to escape slavery through Wisconsin's Underground Railroad, [414]






US Virgin Islands[edit]




Suggested sources:[edit]

  • DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
News sources[edit]
Theses databases[edit]


  • Mangrove nine - The Mangrove Nine were a group of British black activists tried for inciting a riot at protest on 9 August 1970 against the police targeting of the Mangrove Restaurant, Notting Hill. Their trial lasted 55 days and involved various challenges by the Nine to the legitimacy of the judicial process. They were all acquitted of the most serious charges and the trial became the first judicial acknowledgement of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan police.
  • Yemodish Bekele (born 1960) is an Ethopian poet and short story writer. The first Ethiopian woman to publish her own book of short stories, she is president of the Ethiopian Women Writers’ Association.
  • Simone Badal-McCreath - is a leading Jamaican chemist and cancer researcher. In 2014 she was one of five women awarded the Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Scientists in the Developing World for her creation of a lab at the Natural Products Institute to research the anti-cancer properties of natural Jamaican products. She currently lectures in Basic Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Mona, Jamaica.
  • Yola Cain (1954 - 17 May 2000) was the first Jamaican born woman to gain a commercial and flight instructor license and the first woman to fly in the JDF, the Jamaica Defence Force.
  • Aicha McKenzie (born February, 1977) is a former British gymnast, model and dancer who is also the CEO of AMCK Management.
  • Bongi Ndaba (born 1972) is a South African producer and writer for television, actress and playwright.
  • Esther Bruce - Josephine Esther Bruce (29 November 1912 to 17 July 1994) was a black British seamstress living in working-class London during the pre-Empire Windrush years.

Template for the editathon[edit]

Upon publishing the article on Wikipedia's livespace, please add the following templates to the Talk page:

Add to article talk pages...
  • {{WikiProject Biography| }} or {{WikiProject Biography}}
  • {{WikiProject Women}} if born after 1950; or {{WikiProject Women's History}}:: if born before 1950.

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:

External links[edit]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Prior to the event:

  1. RSVP:
  2. Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
    No? Create a Wikipedia account
    Yes? Go to Step #3
  3. Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!


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  2. ^ Azeb Worku Sibane at Ethiopian Women Unleashed
  3. ^ "Peggy Lucie Auleley: lauréate du concours ACCT". 1999-06-03. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ "Chantal Magalie Mbazoo-Kassa". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. ^ "Nadège Noëlle Ango Obiang: An author from Gabon writing in French". 2003-09-19. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  6. ^ Kiundu Waweru, "Champions of the writers' bloc", The Standard, 29 May 2009.
  7. ^ Gitonga, Catherine (2007). Can Scars Become Stars. Nairobi: Revival Springs Media. p. 312. ISBN 9789966724106.
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  9. ^ "Jeannine Herrmann-Grisius: an author from Switzerland and Rwanda writing in French". 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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  12. ^ Govender, Logan (16 April 2014). "Kavistha Lives Her Dream as First Indian Woman Captain at SAA". Durban, South Africa: The Post. Retrieved 19 December 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  13. ^ "High flying South African Airways Captain Kavistha Maharaj, the airline's first black female captain, leads an all-female crew in a flight to transcend the stereotypes and barriers of the past". United Kingdom: Womanthology. August 27, 2014. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
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  16. ^ Jacqueline Kibacha, social justice poet and activist.The AfroNews, 15 December 2009.
  17. ^ Profiled in Soma Magazine.
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  19. ^ "Interview". 21 December 2000. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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  21. ^ Jane Collins and Viv Gardner, Mother Uganda, The Guardian, 15 March 1999
  22. ^ Stiles, Rebecca (February 25, 1950). "Federated Clubs: True Story of 50 Years Lifting and Climbing". The Chicago Defender (National edition).
  23. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney; Bracks, Lean'tin; Wynn, Linda T. (2015), The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History, Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press, p. 473, ISBN 978-1-57859-583-9
  24. ^ "FREDERICKA DOUGLASS PERRY TELLS OF BIG SISTER HOME: Founder House Mother". Chicago, IL: Chicago Defender (National Edition). Sep 25, 1937.
  25. ^ Hughes, Zondra (January 2000). "M'Lis Ward: First Black Female Captain in Commercial Aviation". Ebony. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company. 55 (3): 120–124. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  26. ^ Horton, Phyllis R., ed. (February 2000). "M'Lis Ward: First Black Female Captain in Commercial Aviation". Ebony. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company. 55 (4): 14. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 23 December 2016.