Contact: douglassdayorg@gmail.com.

Douglass Day Principles

Douglass Day seeks to promote radical love for Black history. We endeavor to create communal spaces for remembering and preserving Black history together. Our celebrations will offer opportunities for critical reflection and for joy. (View the rest of our principles)

About the history of Douglass Day

Douglass Day was one of the original inspirations for Black History Month, and was revived starting in 2017 by the Colored Conventions Project. Learn a bit about the history of Douglass Days, past and present (plus a new mini-documentary).

About the Anna Julia Cooper Collection

The Anna Julia Cooper Digital Collection was launched in 2017 at the Digital Howard website of the Howard University Libraries and the Moorland Spingarn Research Center (MSRC). It includes over 1400 high-quality digital scans of individual pages from the Anna J. Cooper Papers housed at MSRC. The digital collection is comprised of writings by and about Cooper covering a period from 1881 to 1958. Dr. Lopez Matthews, assisted by Adrena Ifill and Makini Johnson, (Howard University), led the team at MSRC. The project received funding and support from Dr. Shirley Moody-Turner in conjunction with the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project and the Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State.

Douglass Day 2020 is presented by

The Colored Conventions Project, the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities, the PSU Libraries, the PSU Center for Humanities and Information, and the PSU College of Liberal Arts. The transcribe-a-thon is powered by Zooniverse. We extend special thanks for support to the American Studies Association for a Community Partnership Grant.

About the Douglass Day Team (alphabetical)

Anna Julia Cooper’s House in Washington, DC

Racine Amos is the Engagement and Equity Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor at Penn State University (University Park, PA, USA). Racine will service as on-site event coordinator for Penn State University Libraries during Douglass Day 2020.

D’Angelo Bridges is a Ph.D. student in the English and African American Studies Departments at Pennsylvania State University. He studies African American rhetoric, literature, culture, and identity. He is a part of the Zooniverse Development Team for Douglass Day 2020.

Denise Burgher is an English Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware, chair of the Historic Churches and Community Engagement Committee and co-chair or the Curriculum Committee for the Colored Conventions Project. Denise was part of the founding team and served as chair for Douglass Day 2019.

Jim Casey is a Perkins Fellow at the Princeton Center for Digital Humanities. Next, he will move to Pennsylvania State University to be an assistant professor of African American Studies, History, and English along with the managing director of the Center for Black Digital Research. He co-directs the Colored Conventions Project and Douglass Day.

Sabrina Evans is a first-year dual title Ph.D. student in English Literature and African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century African American literature, specifically engaging with African American print culture and the Black Digital Humanities. She is the Project Manager for Douglass Day 2020 at Penn State.

Dr Heather Froehlich is the Literary Informatics Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor at Penn State University (University Park, PA, USA). She has expertise in the afterlives of transcription data, including in corpus analysis, stylistics, and quantitative text analysis more generally.

Julia Grummitt is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department at Princeton University, where her research focuses on histories of slavery and settler-colonialism. She is a University Administrative Fellow in Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities, and part of the Douglass Day team responsible for project management, programming, outreach and communications.

Adrena Ifill is CEO of Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group, a firm that specializes in cultural heritage management. With over 25 years of experience in event production, strategic planning and documentary video, Ms. Ifill has worked with many corporations, nonprofits and government entities.  An award-winning filmmaker, she has written and directed several historical films that have shown internationally.  A graduate of Williams College, Howard University and George Washington University, Ms. Ifill will join the incoming cohort of AADHum Scholars at the University of Maryland for 2019-2020.

Wendyliz Martinez is a second- year MA student in the English department at The Pennsylvania State University. Her current research interests are in black community formation on social media, afro-futurism and its iterations on digital spaces, and Caribbean literature. She is on the Social Media team for Douglass Day 2020. 

Dr. Lopez Matthews is the Manager of the Digital Production Center and Digital Production Librarian for the Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. He led the team at the Moorland-Spingarn in creating the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Collection. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Coppin State University where he teaches courses covering United States, African American, African and World History.

Elena M’Bouroukounda is a student in the Master’s in Architecture program at Princeton University. She is a University Administrative Fellow in Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities, and part of the Douglass Day team responsible for project management, programming, outreach, and communications.

Shirley Moody-Turner is an associate professor of English and African American Studies at Penn State University where her current work focuses on how digital methods can support efforts to reconstruct black women’s literary, organizing, and intellectual histories.   She is co-director of the Center for Black Digital Research, founder the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project and co-organizer of Douglass Day 2020.

Courtney Murray is a first-year MA student in the English department at The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, her research interests involve African American Literature and Culture with specific interests in literary lineages, cultural phenomena, and archives. She is a member of the Zooniverse Development Team for Douglass Day 2020. 

Justin Smith is a first-year dual-Ph.D. student in English Literature and African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, with a focus is on political identity and solidarity in early twentieth-century African American literature. He is the Zooniverse team project leader for Douglass Day 2020.

Eunice Toh is a second-year M.A. student in the English department at Penn State. Her research focuses on late nineteenth-century American literature, with specific interests in material culture, black geographies, and critical race theory. She is the Outreach, Community, and Academic Partnerships co-chair with Racine Amos for Douglass Day 2020.

Christopher D.E. Willoughby (PhD, History, Tulane University) is a Junior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State University. His work examines the coevolution of Atlantic slavery, white supremacy, and the medical profession in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.