Last Friday, OUP launched the new Oxford African American Studies Center with a party at the historic Schomburg Library in Harlem. Over 150 people were on hand to hear Dr. Henry Louis
Gates Jr. give a short talk entitled “Realizing Du Bois’ Dream: Digitizing the African American Experience.”
“In 1909, W. E. B. Du Bois had an important idea,” Dr. Gates told the audience. “He dreamed of editing an “Encyclopedia Africana,” a comprehensive compendium of scientific knowledge about the history, cultures, and social institutions of people of African descent. Today that dream is realized with the launch of the Oxford African American Studies Center.”
The pictures below are from Friday’s event.
On the left: Casper Grathwohl, OUP’s Reference Publisher, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, a member of the editorial board.
On the right: Tim Barton, OUP’s President, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Casper Grathwohl.
To learn more about the Oxford AASC check out some of the blog posts from this great resource.