African American Digital Experience in Illinois

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Explore the Illinois Black experience in cyberspace: history, organizational and social activities, media, and data. This February 2011 edition invites you to add everything we have missed. We will include your additions via a monthly update. All of us are important, all the ancestors and all aspects of everyday life must live again in digital form. 
  

OUR TOP WEBSITE PICKS

STATEWIDE LINKS

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Census Data

African American Coal Miner Information Center (multiple counties):
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~blackcoalminers/

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
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The Mix Online (Bloomington-Normal)
http://themixonline.net
-This is a for-profit eBlack Bloomington-Normal site that includes a Cyber-Church and Cyber-Business directories; they also generate online content for people in the area.

Genealogy
NAACP
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Latting Rodeo Productions (Pembroke Township, Kankakee)
http://www.lattingrodeoproductions.com/

-This is the family business responsible for the Pembroke Black Rodeo
-see interview with Michael Latting at
http://avbarn.museum.state.il.us/BioID/76

Urban League

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Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club (St. Clair)
http://bsmcswil.com/
-This is a site by Black motorcyclists and veterans around East St.Louis and Brooklyn;
they update it regularly and are a service-oriented org. The song you may hear play on
the first page is not giving a shout out to Brooklyn, IL as we were hoping, but rather NY.

Harold Washington

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African American Leadership Roundtable (Aurora)
http://www.aalroundtable.org/home.vpd

-Bonding social capital working for their local historical community

CONTRIBUTE YOUR LINKS

Sisters and Friends (Bloomington-Normal) 
http://www.sistersandfriendsartshow.com/index.html 
-Women, plus a best case example of utilizing the latest 
content-management-system (CMS) software 
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Free Frank: New Philadelphia, IL (Pike) 
http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/faculty/cfennell/NP/newphilgeog.html 
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Black Community Oral History Project (Springfield) 
http://www.uis.edu/archives/projects.htm#BLACK 
-24 transcripts of oral histories from the Springfield Black community. 
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Working in the Seams - An Initial Photographic View into the African-American
Coal Culture of Southern Illinois (multiple southern counties) 
http://www.prairie.org/workingintheseams
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Mounds African American Museum (Alexander) 
http://thesouthern.com/news/article_37177a28-d2e0-5f50-8ad9-95292cbdab7d.html 
-unfortunately this newspaper article is the most informing link on this 
mom-and-pop museum dedicated to local and national Black history 
CONTRIBUTE YOUR LINKS

 

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