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October 21, 2019

Amistad has acquired the records of Atlanta-based Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts service organization of artists who work for social justice.

The acquisition documents 41 of the regional group’s 43 years, 1976 to 2017. Alternate ROOTS was founded in 1976 by a group of...

October 14, 2019

The history of the Original Illinois Club is making its debut at Amistad Research Center.

A ledger book dating from 1930 to 1949 is the oldest account of the social and pleasure club in the new collection, which was coordinated by President Tracey L. Thibodaux. The ledg...

October 14, 2019

Decades before “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The ‘L’ Word” or “Pose” hit screens across America, there was “Just for the Record,” a New Orleans public affairs show on Cox Channel 49 with programming and features just for the LGBTQ community.

Behind it all was creat...

May 3, 2019

Donor support is essential to Amistad’s mission of telling America’s story. Financial funding is critical to this mission, but so, too, are donations to the archive itself. Last year, Amistad announced that author, poet, playwright, journalist and activist Alexis De Ve...

January 16, 2019

Nearly six decades after Larry Bagneris began his activist career, the now-retired local and regional LGBTQ pioneer is busy learning meditation.


“I never knew how much this could help!” Bagneris, 72, proclaimed recently from his French Quarter home. “I need it to deal...

January 16, 2019

Farming is not for the faint of heart. Thank goodness the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund is still here, bringing bounty and blessings to those who work the land.

It’s been 52 years since The Federation started helping small and minority farmers...

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