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The Amistad Research Center is pleased to announce the opening of the papers of Dr. James E. Blackwell, sociologist and educator who specialized in the study of the sociology and economics of the Black community and the desegregation of higher education institutions in...

November 13, 2017

Natalie Midlo was a nurse, wife, and mother who was active in the Temple Sinai Sisterhood and the National Council of Jewish Women. Her involvement with local and national civil rights organizations led to her activism in the areas of civil rights and school desegregat...

August 7, 2017

Sometimes a simple question can lead you down a rabbit hole. That’s the enjoyment of reference, your ability to learn something new while helping a patron in their own research. In this case, someone looking for a speech led to a little-known organization, the New Orle...

July 31, 2017

Preservation work has now been completed on rare home movie footage of Ruby Bridges, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. 

The brief, silent 8mm film was shot by Josie Ritter, who was a teacher at William Franz Elementary School when Ruby be...

April 3, 2017

Dorothy Mae (Delavallade) Taylor was an authoritative political figure in New Orleans and Louisiana, whose fiery rhetoric shook the old guard political establishment in the 1970s to the 1990s.

Born August 10, 1928 to Charles Henry and Mary Delavallade, Dorothy Taylor wa...

March 27, 2017

The social activism of sisters Oretha Castle Haley and Doris Jean Castle began when they were still young women. They came from a working class family. Born in Tennessee, the young sisters moved to New Orleans with their parents and brother around 1947. The girls’ fath...

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