Reconstructing visibility of Black women's activism together.


Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to partner with the following institutions in the creation of a national digital collection that highlights the roles and experiences of Black women in the women’s suffrage movement, as well as Black women’s history of activism, as part of the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment:

Amistad Research CenterAtlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff LibrarySouthern California LibraryCharlotte MecklenbergAvery Research Center for African American History and CultureTuskegee University Library


For more detailed information about these partnerships, please click here.

The collaboration is powered by funding from Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates.

Funds will enable the partner institutions to digitize artifacts related to the history of Black women in the suffrage movement, and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights and civic activism between the 1850s and the 1960s, in order to make these important collections more widely accessible.


We are especially proud to center our partners’ expertise as subject specialists in this work and extend a heartfelt thank you to the project coordinators for their insightful curation:

Dana Chandler

University Archivist and Associate Professor, Tuskegee University Archives

Christopher Harter

Deputy Director, Amistad Research Center

Aaisha Haykal

Manager of Archival Services, Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture at the College of Charlesto

Yusef Omowale

Director, Southern California Library

Sarah Tanner

Head, Archives Research Center, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

Hannah Terrell

Branch Leader, Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Martha Yesowitch

Community Partnerships Leader, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library


On July 16, 2020, DPLA hosted Race, Gender, Politics, and History: Reconstructing Visibility of Black Women’s Activism.

This webinar featured a keynote by Allison Robinson, doctoral candidate in American History and American Material Culture at the University of Chicago, discussing teaching with digital exhibits, her experience working with the university’s Ida B. Wells collection, and how digital artifacts can help reconstruct visibility.

Representatives from our partner institutions also introduced the collections that they are digitizing as part of the Black Women’s Suffrage collection and provided perspective about how these artifacts can help us better understand Black women suffragists and the historical and continuing activism of Black women.


For more information about this work, please contact DPLA Director of Community Engagement Shaneé Yvette Murrain at