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. Wanting to maintain autonomy over the way the narrative of their labor would be cataloged and employed by the university, Ford Hall 2015 participants began working with Brandeis University Library Archives & Special Collections to explore the archival process and question how Black lives can be archived in a non-exploitative way. Since the Fall of 2016, the Brandeis BLK Archives Collective has met weekly, drafting projects that engage the archives acquisition, accessibility, and visibility. The group has created the “Archive Assistant Student Liaison” role, a compensated work study position for students interested in intermediary work between the BLK Archives Collective and undergraduate populations. This position was first held by Aja Antoine ‘17 and Mercedes Hall ‘17, and then occupied by Marian Gardner ’18 and Wil Jones ‘18. The BBAC’s founding members are Chari Calloway ‘20, Wil Jones ‘18; Micha Broadnax ‘12, and Queen White ‘16; with University Archivist Maggie McNeely.

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