African-American

Jenna Flanagan, WMHT

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans began moving out of the South to cities in northern states like New York in search of a better life, a period known as the Great Migration.

It coincided with the proliferation of American car culture and eventually the interstate highway system.

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Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

New York Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture mixed technology with activism to increase the searchable content on Wikipedia.

Billed as an Edit-a-Thon, the downstairs research room of the Harlem branch of the library filled up with people eager to learn how they can become a Wiki-Editor.

“There is a lack of people of color involved in creating for Wikipedia and as the subjects found in Wiki-Searches.”