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Student activists at American universities are researching the histories of African Americans on campus and telling their stories through memorials, artwork, campus tours, and more. This article highlights examples of this work and explores the role of University Archives in social justice.

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Why is it important?

This article highlights the intersection of student activism, student success, and an inclusive archival record. By collecting and making accessible records that reflect a diverse population, university archivists have a powerful role to play in fostering representational belonging for students of color and dismantling institutionalized racism in American higher education.

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This page is a summary of: “We out here and we’ve been here”: the role of university archives in student-led campus history initiatives to remember and reassert black presence in American higher education, Comma, January 2020, Liverpool University Press, DOI: 10.3828/comma.2018.8.
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