FREE! Film Screening of Hidden in Full View and SAA’s DEI Webcasts

Join Charles L. Chavis, Jr., on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET for a free virtual screening of the short film Hidden in Full View, the story of the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1931. Afterward, Chavis will lead a discussion of the institutional and descriptive challenges of archival research on communities who have experienced racial harm. The registration deadline is March 23.

Chavis is co-chair of the US Movement for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (US TRHT), vice-chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and author of The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022). He will be joined for a panel discussion by Lopez D. Matthews, Jr., digital production librarian at Howard University, and Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This film is the first in a series by #BreatheWithMe Revolution, with support from Humanity United, “that follows the story of brave descendants and witnesses willing to use the truth to fuel restorative justice.” The #BreatheWithMe Revolution and TRHT are working toward lasting and transformative policies to dismantle systemic racism, and for the establishment of a national commission. A key component of this legislative effort is the creation of a distributed Archive of Racial and Cultural Healing (ARCH). Attendees of the film screening will learn about the vision of ARCH and opportunities to engage in future educational and collaborative programming to realize ARCH.

SAA is co-sponsoring this event with the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University Library Deans/Directors Association, Inc. This event is an extension of TRHT’s annual National Day of Racial Healing, held on January 18.

After registering for the event, login instructions will be sent separately. The event will also be live streamed on ARL’s YouTube channel.

Free SAA Webcasts on DEI Through April 30

In addition to attending this event, take your knowledge and commitment to DEI principles to the next level with SAA’s DEI webcasts for archives managers. These on-demand webcasts, funded by a grant from the SAA Foundation, will be free from March 30 through April 30. From arranging and describing archival materials to creating more inclusive spaces for your users and staff, you’ll find the tools and resources for applying DEI practices at your institution.