Building and transferring movement informational wealth: The sncc digital gateway

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When activists know there is a big hole in a people’s history, and those who made the history are still alive to tell it, yet have concerns about the ability of historians and universities to accept new avenues of producing knowledge, how does the group set up an archive-building project? This essay explores one such attempt made between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University between 2013 and 2018. This digital documentary project made and makes possible a critical transfer of informational wealth from SNCC veterans to current and future generations of civic actors.






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Cox, C, K Forner, J Gartrell, W Hogan, J Lawson, I Moore and N Nelson (2020). Building and transferring movement informational wealth: The sncc digital gateway. Journal of African American History, 105(4). pp. 626–647. 10.1086/710640 Retrieved from

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Wesley Hogan

Research Professor of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Wesley Hogan is a Research Professor at the Franklin Humanities Institute and History. Between 2003-2013, she taught at Virginia State University, where she worked with the Algebra Project and the Young People’s Project. Between 2013-2021, she served as Director of the Center for Documentary Studies. She writes and teaches the history of youth social movements, human rights, documentary, and oral history. Her most recent book, On the Freedom Side, draws a portrait of young people organizing in the spirit of Ella Baker since 1960. In July 2021, a book she and Paul Ortiz have co-edited will be released, People Power: History, Organizing, and Larry Goodwyn’s Democratic Vision in the Twenty-First Century.  She co-facilitates a partnership between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke, The SNCC Digital Gateway, whose purpose is to bring the grassroots stories of the civil rights movement to a much wider public through a web portal, K12 initiative, and set of critical oral histories.   

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