The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Preserving The Legacy of The Global Black Experience

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MSRC is the largest and most comprehensive repository of books, documents, and ephemera on the global Black experience, including the personal and official papers of Kwame Nkrumah, Paul Robeson, Alain Locke, Mary Frances Berry, Dr. Benjamin Mays, Vernon Jordon, and Amiri Baraka, to name but a few from its over seven hundred collections. It was founded in 1914 as the Moorland Library and became a research center within Howard University in 1973, consisting of the University Archives Division, the Manuscripts Division, Library, Museum, and the Black Press Archive. 

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Michigan Chronicle

Howard University receives $2M to digitize Black newspaper archive.

Howard University has received a $2 million donation to digitize its Black Press Archives, that contains more than 2,000 domestic and international newspaper titles including publications like the New York Amsterdam News, Chicago Defender, Washington Informer, Baltimore AFRO. The Black Press Archive Digitization Project will make all of these publications publicly available through Digital Howard.   

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Junious Whitaker

Student - History (Ph.D)

Living History: Graduate Student Junious Whitaker on the Importance of Preserving and Talking About the Past


Junious Whitaker IV is a first-year master’s/PhD candidate of history from Raleigh, North Carolina who also works at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. His research focus is on African American history and the African diaspora, with interest in the impact of Black scientists on the Black experience; the ramification of bills that outlaw critical race theory; and unique cultural areas such as hip hop and other urbanized outlets as a form of oral history internationally (he has found links between what he’s studying in class and what artists such as Kasim, Eleven9, Zeddy, are providing as historical narrative). He believes that music and other areas are modern ways to record and share history, particularly in a pandemic where resources like libraries and traditional ways of reading and writing were limited.

The Global Black Experience

Our mission is to provide access to history through diverse formats and to preserve it for generations to come.

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