Black Lives Always Mattered!
Hidden African American Philadelphia in the 20th Century
The Black Lives Always Mattered! project is a seminal graphic novel that presents the history and impact of fourteen Black Philadelphians. The novel, with striking images, will showcase how these historical figures overcame many obstacles to make significant contributions to the city, the country, and in some cases, the world.
BLAM! – Black Lives Always Mattered!
The Black Lives Always Mattered project is a seminal graphic novel funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that presents the history and impact of Black Philadelphians. The novel, with striking images, will showcase how these fourteen historical figures overcame many obstacles to make significant contributions to the city, the country, and in some cases, the world.
African Americans created original music, such as gospel, blues, and jazz. They established churches, fraternities, sororities, secret societies, and other social and civic organizations. Although some African Americans worked as laborers and domestics or were unemployed, others overcame severe racial barriers to become doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, clergymen, engineers, architects, union organizers, politicians, and entrepreneurs. While the mainstream media of the nineteenth century and through the twentieth century focused on the stereotypes of crime, poverty, and hopelessness of Black Life, this project offers a counter narrative. With vivid illustrations, this graphic novel will tell the complex and multi-dimensional stories of talent, courage, and achievement of African American Philadelphians by utilizing the extensive primary and secondary source materials available in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, which is one of the nation’s leading research facilities for the study of African and African American history and culture.
The Black Lives Always Mattered! project is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Temple University Libraries is grateful for this support.
Click the video on the right to hear from Dr. Diane Turner and others about the Charles Blockson Collection and the Black Lives Always Mattered! project.
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