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Le'Passion Darby

Instructional Design Assistant
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

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The Pullman Porters and the Railcar: Nexuses of the Great Migration

<p>The Pullman Porters and the railcar were carriers of hope during the era known as the Great Migration. Pullman Porters were employed by George Pullman who created the nation’s first luxury railcar and made his home in Chicago, Illinois. During the Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of African Americans sought greater employment and housing opportunities in northern cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York. They traveled to the North primarily on railcars though segregated from white passengers and in less comfortable conditions. The Pullman Porters were pillars in the Black community and made positive impacts on African American migrants, entrepreneurs, and social causes effecting the Black community.  <br /></p> <p>This collection displays the story of the Pullman Porters and demonstrates the railcar as a nexus of the Great Migration. A restored Pullman Palace railcar, Southern Railway No. 1200, is now housed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. <br /></p> <p>Keywords: Pullman Porters, George Pullman, Railcars, The Great Migration, NMAAHC, African American History, American History<br /></p>
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The Harlem Renaissance

<p>The Harlem Renaissance was a social and artistic movement of the 1920s that took place in the eclectic neighborhood of Harlem, New York. African-Americans, many of whom had migrated from the South to escape the harsh realities of racism and segregation, brought Harlem to life during this era with music, dance, poetry, film, education, literature, entrepreneurship, and social activism. This unprecedented revolution and its icons birthed knowledge and artistry that continues to impact American culture today. Such icons include Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McLeod Bethune, Madam C.J. Walker, Oscar Micheaux, Duke Ellington, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Mahalia Jackson. </p> <p> The individual contributions of these “Harlemites” were so distinguished that the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAG) of the United States Postal Service selected each to be commemorated on a United States Postage Stamp. These stamps have been digitized and are housed at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.</p> <p>The Harlem Renaissance Collection includes a video on each Harlem Renaissance icon and an activity that teachers can use in the classroom.</p> <p>Keywords: NMAAHC, National Postal Museum, American History, African American History, Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McLeod Bethune, Madam C.J. Walker, Oscar Micheaux, Duke Ellington, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Mahalia Jackson<br /></p> <p></p>
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Madam C. J. Walker as An Inventor

<p>Many people recognize Madam C. J. Walker as an entrepreneur, but who was Madam C. J. Walker as an inventor?<br /></p> <p>This collection provides a rare perspective of Walker through the lens of invention. From her scientific hair care formulas, genius marketing strategies, and precise business systems, Madam C. J. Walker invented products and enterprises that led her to become America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 and was the daughter of slaves. In addition to being an inventor, she was also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. </p> <p>The collection includes short answer questions for each slide and a reflective assignment that teachers can use post-activity. </p> <p>Keywords: NMAAHC, American History, African American History, Women Inventors, Women Entrepreneurs</p>
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Harris-Stowe State University Collection

<p>On March 22, 2018, the Upward Bound Tech &amp; Tour Team organized by Le’Passion Darby, Office of Minority Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) completed a Digital Photography Practicum at Harris-Stowe State University. Harris-Stowe State University is a <u><a href="" target="_blank">Historically Black University</a> </u>(or HBCU) located in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). This collection includes photographs and videos taken and curated by Upward Bound students. </p> <p>Upward Bound is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is part of the Federal TRiO Programs. The program’s objective is to support participants in their preparation for college entrance. </p> <p>UIUC’s Upward Bound Tech &amp; Tour Program trains students in the use of digital tools to document their experience during visits to higher education institutions, and to take a curatorial look at the sites and artifacts on campus, providing students with practical opportunities for professional and marketing skills in digital arts. Learning Lab was used as the host platform for the curated content and SCLDA staff provided a webinar and feedback during the project. </p> <p>Harris-Stowe State University (1857) is named for American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe and U.S. Commissioner of Education (1889) William Torrey Harris. Originally, two separate, segregated colleges focused on teacher training (1857, 1890) - the campuses were integrated as a result of Brown v. Board (1954) - and today, Harris-Stowe State University is a multi-degree university with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, education, and urban affairs. </p> <p>Student curators for this collection are: Alie W., Leavell A., and Tara H. </p> <p>For a view of the program’s curriculum, see: <u>Upward Bound Tech &amp; Tour: Harris Stowe-State University.</u> </p> <p>Extra links in the text link to various contextualized Learning Lab collections: </p> <p>·    Historically Black University links to <a href="" target="_blank"><u></u></a><u><a href=""></a></u></p> <p>·    Abolitionist links to <a href="" target="_blank"><u></u></a><u><a href=""></a></u></p> <p>·    Harriet Beecher Stowe links to <a href="" target="_blank"><u></u></a><u><a href=""></a></u></p> <p>·    Brown v. Board links to <a href="" target="_blank"><u></u></a><u><a href=""></a></u></p> <p></p>
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Artifacts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

<p>"Artifacts at Historically Black Colleges and Universitities" includes ten artifacts from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the United States. This collection can be used to educate students about HBCU culture, history, alumni, founders, and achievement.</p>
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