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African American Women

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Start your archival research on African American Women with this guide. 

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In response to Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements in spring 2020, the Schlesinger Library began a new project to highlight Black women's voices from within the library's collections. This project became Hear Black Women's Voices, sharing curated audio and video clips, photographs, and other materials and is updated on a regular basis.

A companion research guide, also titled "Hear Black Women’s Voices," presents those posts along with additional items from the Schlesinger Library and resources beyond Harvard University, and is intended to be a resource for students, researchers, and activists seeking to study and learn from African American women leaders.

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