Meet the 2019 Team

Rai Mckinley is a very Black, very queer/trans soon to be Brandeis graduate in the African and African American Studies department, or as they call it “Black Arts and Social Theory”. Rai has been using digital media to document varying expressions of Black life for a decade, and is particularly interested in the intersections of new media and culture, and […]

Brandeis BLK Archive Collective project history: 2016 to 2018

In the Fall of 2015 there was a direct action student protest known as #FordHall2015 (FH15), in which Black Brandeis University students convened in the Bernstein Marcus administrative building for what became a 13 day sit-in. The following year some members of that action, Queen White ‘16, Chari Calloway ‘20, and Wil Jones ‘18 along with Brandeis alumna Micha Broadnax […]

Archivist notes on the profession and the work; and a big thank you!

It is now widely acknowledged within the profession that archives largely reflect history from a white upper class privileged position. This reality is due to many factors including the lack of diversity in the profession and institutional practices that follow established patterns of systemic racism and classism. By creating the Initiative on Under-Represented Collections with a Focus on Students of […]

About The BBAC

The Brandeis BLK Archives Collective was established a year after the conclusion of “Ford Hall 2015,” a 12-day sit-in on campus, where in solidarity with campuses across the nation concerned Brandeis students issued demands for racial equity.

To Our Readers

While the objective of the Brandeis Black Archives online archive is to create a platform which represents the university’s rich history of black, student of color, and marginalized peoples activism; it is our intention to do so in a way that recognizes the nuances, complexities, and layers typically missed by typical monolithic representation…