AfroCROWD is everywhere in June, 2016. Join us at these great upcoming events.

AfroCROWD is everywhere in June, 2016. Check us out throughout the month at various locations from New York, to DC to CT to the mountains of Italy. We will be hosting several opportunities for any of you who want to meet Wikipedians (Wikipedia editors), learn to edit Wikipedia, or hone in and improve your Wikipedia editing skills. We will also take part in several events being held by and for Wikipedians. Become a part of this exciting community. Check out or sign up for an event near you!

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June 14: GLAM Bootcamp Training Event, National Archives, Washington, DC: 

June 17: Wikimedia DC Diversity Conference, Washington, DC:

June 17: Americorps VISTA Pave New Haven Juneteenth Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, The Grove, 756 Chapel St, New Haven, CT:

June 19: AfroCROWD Wikipedia Editing Lab, The Brooklyn Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza:

June 21: Wikimania, Esinio Lario, Italy:

June 26: Central Brooklyn Culture Walk Edit-a-thon, The Brooklyn Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza:

Don't forget to also sign up for the AfroCROWD mailing list to stay informed about more great upcoming events. Get knowledge, get connected, get digital, get going!


Training The Trainers Intensive @Wikipedia Editathon Sunday 5/22 @ The Brooklyn Library

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This Training the Trainers Intensive Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,Sunday, May 22nd, we will get a fresh, and more indepth look at how to edit Wikipedia. During this edit-a-thon, we will have experienced Wikipedia Coaches on hand to teach you how to edit wikipedia and intensive training on how to make your articles stick. We will focus the session on some of the harder topics like navigating Wikipedia's editing features, adding images and info-boxes, notabiliy, research hacks and how to handle disappearing articles. You won't want to miss it!

It's free and there will be food and drinks. All languages and levels are welcome, come as you are. We will have laptops but feel free to bring your own. As always, feel free to bring friends. 

AfroCROWD at Rutgers University Digital Blackness Conference 4/22

AfroCROWD Program Manager, Sherry Antoine, will be leading a panel discussion at the Rutgers University Digital Blackness Conference April 22nd at 11 AM at the Zimmerli Greenwall Classroom at Rutgers University. The panel will focus on AfroCROWD and the Wikipedia edit-a-thon experience for users of African descent.  

Panelist will include:

Maira Liriano: Associate Chief Librarian of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 

Chanitra Bishop: Web and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Hunter College, and member of Wiki Edu

We will also be joined by two Wikipedians active in AfroCROWD: Grey Jones and Adjoa Linda Fletcher, who will speak about their experiences as Wikipedia editors and as a part of AfroCROWD.

It should be a great panel, and a great conference, with key note speakers like Melissa Harris-Perry and others expected. We can't wait.

Check for schedule and details. 

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......"

Click here for the full article.