AfroCROWD Founder Alice Backer to be a New York Representative at Wikimedia Conference 2016, Berlin, Germany

Congratulations to AfroCROWD's founder, Alice Backer, selected to be a New York representative at Wikimedia Conference 2016, Berlin, Germany. The international conference is taking palce Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24, and is an annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations worldwide (Wikimedia chaptersthematic organizationsuser groups, and the Wikimedia Foundation), as well as other committees to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement in terms of collaboration, structures and organizational development. This conference is hosted and organized by Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE) in cooperation with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). #BlackgirlMagic!

AfroCROWD on BRIC TV's "BK Live"

 Brooklyn's BRIC Television's BK LIve recently interviewed project Manager Sherry Antoine about AfroCROWD and the need for more diversity on Wikipedia and the history behind the need for AfroCROWD.

Click here to watch the video

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AfroCROWD featured on AOL's MAKERS

AOL @MAKERS has featured AfroCROWD in its article on our work with Art + Feminism and the recent Women's History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at MoMA. Take a look! 

Women Are Editing Wikipedia for Equality | MAKERS

Excerpt: "To address the lack of diversity on the site, women and minorities have been leading efforts in editing Wikipedia to accurately reflect stories of prominent women and people of color. The edit-a-thons have been hosted by various groups — most recently AfroCROWD, a New York City-based initiative to build Wikipedia's coverage of black history and culture.

The organization's founder, Alice Backer, said in an interview, if black movements can use Twitter to shape their narratives and provide eyewitness accounts, why not redress the same bias in Wikipedia?

It's been noted that at most of AfroCROWD's events, the editors have been at least 50 percent women, a much larger percentage than that of WIkipedia editors. "


Read the full article here

AfroCROWD in the New York Times Women In the World Journal


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by Cynthia Allum

"On a recent Saturday afternoon in the heart of Harlem, dozens of people click-clacked on their laptops in the Schomburg Center for the Black Life Matters Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Organized by the AfroCROWD initiative with the Wikimedia Foundation, the event was in tandem with Black WikiHistory Month, and its mission was to recruit more Wikipedians of color, to rectify the online encyclopedia’s gaping diversity problem..... AfroCROWD founder Alice Backer launched her NYC-based initiative a year ago to rectify Wikipedia’s lack of articles about black history and black culture. With her project manager Sherry Antoine, they’ve raised awareness about this pervasive issue......"

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Schomburg releases "Black LIfe Matters" Edit-a-thon video highlighting AfroCROWD

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture released a video highlighting our Black Life Matters Wikipedia edit-a-thon.

The event focused on notable figures and events in Black History, and marked AfroCROWD's one year anniversary.

Take a look at the video here, you may see some familiar faces:

You can also join AfroCROWD Saturday, February 27th from 12-3pm at the Hostos Center for Art and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx for the BRONX:AFRICA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to experience it for yourself. RSVP here.


AfroCROWD Schomburg Edit-a-thon Featured in Voices of New York. Listen to the story here

Voices of New York News, an online media magazine that "serves as a bridge between mainstream society and immigrant communities and communities of color" in the New York City area, is featuring AfroCROWD's recent Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in it's 

AfroCROWD 1 Year Anniversary Marked with Success at Filled Schomburg Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Congratualtions to all of the new Wikipedians and a big thank you to all of the Wikimedia New York volunteers who helped make the Schomburg Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Black History a great success.