Announcing ASHR’s Douglass Day 2023 Video Series // Today Featuring Dr. Bjørn Stillion Southard

Dear ASHR members:

Long-time and now former treasurer of ASHR, associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia, and award-winner author of Peculiar Rhetoric: Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement, Dr. Bjørn Stillion Southard inaugurates our two-week amplification of the Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon with a short video about the power of transcribing documents pertaining to the freedom struggle of 19th-century African Americans.

This year, the event, organized by faculty and students affiliated with Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research, is centering the recently digitized papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who, among other accomplishments, was one of the first Black women to start a newspaper. In fact, Provincial Freeman was digitized recently by Penn Libraries and is open to all.

If you’d like to participate virtually in the transcribe-a-thon, please register with the Douglass Day organizers!


ASHR’s IDEA Committee