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How to use the site

This site consists of individual items from three collections: material protest items from Chicago's Newberry Library, tweets collected by our site administrator, and community donations of physical and digital items.  You may browse individual items, items within their respective collections, or one of our exhibits that bring together elements from all three collections to tell a story about a particular time and place in the movement.

Creating your own archive
This archive was created using the University of Virginia's Digital Collecting Toolkit, including their custom theme for Omeka, all of which is open-source and available for your use.  The documentation for the Black Lives Matter digital archive can be found on Github as well.

Additional Resources

Critical Race + Digital Studies

Benjamin, R. (2018). Black AfterLives Matter: Cultivating kinfulness as reproductive justice. In A. Clarke & D. Haraway (Eds.), Making kin not population: Reconceiving generations. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press.

Brock, A. (2012). From the blackhand side: Twitter as a cultural conversation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56(4), 529-549.

Chun, W. H. K. (2009). Introduction: Race and/as technology; or, how to do things to race. Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, 24(1(70)), 7-35.

Earhart, A. E., & Taylor, T. L. (2016). Pedagogies of race: Digital humanities in the age of Ferguson. In L. Klein & M. Gold (Eds.), Debates in Digital Humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Garcia, P., Fernandez, C., Jackson, A. (2019). Counternarratives of youth participation among Black girls. Youth & Society.

Jackson, S. J. (2016). (Re)imagining intersectional democracy from black feminism to hashtag activism. Women’s Studies in Communication, 39(4), 375–379.

Jackson, S. J., Bailey, M., & Foucault Welles, B. (2017). #GirlsLikeUs: Trans advocacy and community building online. New Media and Society.

Korn, J. U., & Kneese, T. (2015). Guest Editors’ Introduction: Feminist Approaches to Social Media Research: History, Activism, and Values. Feminist Media Studies, 15(4), 707-710.

McIlwain, C. (2015). Racial discourse networks: Race blogs, media influence & the possibilities for collective action. SSRN.

Nelson, A. (2016). The longue durée of Black Lives Matter. American Journal of Public Health, 106(10), 1734-1737.

Noble, S. U. (2014). Teaching Trayvon: Race, media, and the politics of spectacle. The Black Scholar, 44(1), 12-29.

Richardson, A. V. (2017). Bearing witness while black: Theorizing African American mobile journalism after Ferguson. Digital Journalism, 5(6), 673–698.

Scott, K.A. & Garcia, P. (2016). Techno-social change agents: Fostering activist dispositions among girls of color through a culturally responsive technology program. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 15(1).

Steele, C. K. (2016). The digital barbershop: Blogs and online oral culture within the African American community. Social Media and Society.

Steele, C. K. (2017). Black bloggers and their varied publics: The everyday politics of black discourse online. Television and New Media, 19(2), 112-127.

Sutherland, T. (2017). Making a killing: On race, ritual, and (re)membering in digital culture. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 46(1), 32–40.

Williams, A. (2017). I got all my sisters with me (on Black Twitter): Second screening of How to Get Away With Murder as a discourse on Black Womanhood. Information, Communication & Society, 7.

Zhang, E. (2016). Memoirs of a GAY! Sha: Race and gender performance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Studies in Costume and Performance, 1(1), 59-75.