Penn State logo with Nittany LionOver the past seven years, we have been grateful and proud to build the Colored Colored Project (CCP) at the University of Delaware. We are thrilled to share news that CCP will next move to Penn State University to launch a Center for Black Digital Research which we’re also calling #DigBlk.

In 2019-2020, we will continue to work from the University of Delaware. In Fall 2020, we will begin to move central aspects of the Colored Conventions Project to Penn State and to the Center for Black Digital Research. Shirley Moody Turner will join Gabrielle Foreman as #DigBlk’s co-director. CCP Co-Director Jim Casey will also be moving to Penn State to serve as the Center’s managing director. Our project manager Lauren Cooper will continue with CCP and the Center and as a permanent PSU librarian. Three CCP committee chairs, now graduate students, will come to the Center as postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to the Colored Conventions Project, the Center will also launch a Black Women’s Organizing Archives Initiative that seeks to partner with archives, centers and private collections worldwide. Our aim is to make available the papers of the pantheon of early Black women thinkers and organizers such as Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Ann Shadd Cary and Frances E. W. Harper.

The new Center will be housed in newly renovated space at the crossroads of digital humanities and Black collections at Penn State’s Pattee Library. We will be stewards of the new library commons adjacent to the Charles L. Blockson Collection of African-Americana and the African Diaspora.

We are delighted to embark on this new phase of work at Penn State and thrilled to join an institution with a stellar reputation in nineteenth-century studies and an African American Studies department that, in addition to us,  just hired nine faculty members and doubled its size. As a project that actively looks to and preserves the past, we also want to thank the University of Delaware, our co-founders who have moved on to new work, and to members of CCP’s teams, past and present. UD librarians have been long-standing and central CCP members whose wisdom and labor are infused into all aspects of our work. The UD Morris Library and the Department of English deserve special mention as our physical and fiscal hosts. We appreciate the College of Arts and Sciences for its unstinting support. We look forward to building and learning in this new phase.

Forward Ever,

The Colored Conventions Project

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“Award-winning Colored Conventions Project founding director joins Penn State”

Susan Burlingame • September 23, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — P. Gabrielle Foreman, founding faculty director of the Colored Conventions Project (CCP), has joined the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts faculty as the Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor in Literature with appointments in the departments of English, African American Studies and History.

The Colored Conventions Project’s groundbreaking work has been widely publicized in national media, including The New York Times, Forbes and other publications. The project has created a robust digital database of the proceedings and records of the “Colored Conventions,” state and national meetings of free, freed, and self-emancipated Black people, which were held across North America from approximately 1830-1890. They and their North American teaching partners have also created interactive digital exhibits that share the stories of this early Civil Rights movement and its organizers.