Monthly Archive for March, 2010

April Events

Here’s a quick look at the upcoming events in April from the LCRM events calendar.

For more details on these events please visit either the event’s website or the LCRM event calendar.

If you have an event you would like to see posted on the calendar, please send us an e-mail

The Road to Freedom

The High Museum of Art has organized “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968,” an exhibition of civil rights-era photography on display through August at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

These are violent images, and disturbing ones. Images of bombed-out cars, grieving mothers, and sneering segregationists retain the power they had when they were taken, shocking the conscience. Take a look at an online exhibit at the New York Times.

New Books

Via Mary Dudziak, what looks like two great new books about race and identity in America: The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter and The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin. They’re reviewed in the New York Review of Books by Edmund Morgan and Marie Morgan.

Pauli Murray in 60 Seconds

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pauli Murray, revered activist, poet, feminist, and priest, the Pauli Murray Project brings you her life and legacy in 60 seconds:

Pauli Murray Project in One Minute from Barbara Lau on Vimeo.

The Future of Publishing


UNC Press Joins CrossRef

This week UNC Press joined CrossRef, a publishers’ organization that enables online publications to link to each other.  This is the sort of news that may be of interest only to people who are really interested in the nuts and bolts of online publishing, but we are excited about it!

The “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” project’s Mellon grant money allowed us to join; there is an annual membership fee, plus a very small fee for each publication deposited in the CrossRef database.

The CrossRef website presents detailed information on how the system works.  Here is a very simple version:  The publisher registers metadata about each publication and assigns a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) based on the CrossRef scheme to each one.  (The DOI is an unchangeable number, like an online  ISBN or social security number for the publication.)  Publishers can choose to assign a DOI to any piece of content; usually one purpose would be to support a business model in which the pieces are for sale individually, such as journal articles.

Reciprocal Linking

We also send the bibliographies from our soon-to-be-online books to CrossRef, and they return versions with other publishers’ DOIs embedded.  Whenever a publication listed in a bibliography has a DOI from another publisher, that DOI is there.  Each DOI is a persistent online link, meaning that when you click it, you will find that publication online, or at least information on it.

This means that our authors’ bibliographies will contain live links to other publishers’ content (“outbound linking”), and other publishers’ bibliographies will link to our books (“inbound linking”).  Wow! Continue reading ‘UNC Press Joins CrossRef’

LCRM Visiting Scholar Series: John Dittmer

John Dittmer visited Carolina to talk about his new book, The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee on Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care. It’s a timely book and one packed with wonderful stories about the movement in Mississippi, where doctors were needed not only to minister to African Americans in need of health care, but to heal the feet of the marchers.

“The Short-Term Influence of Free Digital Versions of Books on Print Sales”

Sounds boring, but it’s not. Via Boing Boing, a new peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Electronic Publishing addressed the effect of free digital release of books on their print sales. They studied print sales of four groups of titles from publishers like Random House and Tor, and found that in most cases, free digital releases had a (moderate, short-term) positive effect on print sales.

The group of books from Tor, the only group of the four that experienced a decline in print sales following free digital release, is an important exception. But Tor also treated its release schedule differently than the publishers who enjoyed print sales increases, offering their free digital books relatively shortly before the release of the print versions, making their digital books available for only one week, and requiring registration before download. These restrictions appear to have affected print sales.

The authors measured only print sales, not, for example, digital sales of the second and third books in a series following making the first one available for free. Or sales of other books by the same author or publisher. As devices like the Kindle become more widely used, the impact of free distribution should only increase.

Discovering DuBois

In long, long civil rights movement news, UMass Amherst is digitizing its W.E.B. DuBois papers in an ambitious project expected to wrap up this summer. The project website includes learning modules for teachers and video of Amilcar Shabbazz discussing DuBois’s significance. DuBois’s Niagara Movement sought to push a “why we can’t wait” style of advocacy for civil rights and social change, but it disbanded by 1910 and was replaced by the NAACP.

SNCC’s 50th

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the most influential organizations in the black freedom struggle, was founded 50 years ago this spring in Raleigh, NC, not far from the campus of UNC and the nexus of the LCRM Project. They’re celebrating their anniversary with a gathering at Raleigh’s Shaw University. Here’s the conference website.

Ella Baker, one of SNCC's founders.

Ella Baker, one of SNCC's founders.

The conference offers a remarkably comprehensive look at SNCC, from the details of its founding, to its goals and achievements, its influence, and how it is remember. Panels expand, too, to address broad subjects like the role of women in the civil rights movement and Black Power. This is an unprecedented opportunity to learn an important history straight from the people who made it.

Registration is free for students.