Contents:
1) Save-the-Date: Community Technology in C-U, March 19, 2011
2) Cotillion Yearbook Digitization Project. Help us get them all digitized!
3) Recent additions to the eBlackCU digital library on
African-American History and Culture

1) Save-the-Date: Community Technology in C-U, March 19, 2011
SAVE-THE-DATE:
COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY IN C-U
Over 250 people have come to the last two meetings on this topic, held
November 5 and 6, 2010, and January 8, 2011. The full record of these
events is online for all to see: http://eblackcu.net/portal/symposium.
Over 600 people have watched all or part of this event online.

We need to continue this momentum around community technology in
Champaign-Urbana and everyone’s voice, knowledge and energy MUST be
shared and included.

Join us March 19, 2011 at the Champaign Public Library, Robseon Rooms
A & B, for a public event on Community Technology in Champaign-Urbana.
This event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and ALL are welcome.

There will be informational panels/discussions on:
1) UC2B (http://www.uc2b.net)
2) A demonstration of the eBlackCU digital library (http://www.eBlackCU.net)
3) Jobs and technology
4) Youth and technology
5) Churches and technology

The event will conclude with a discussion of the next steps in our
community so that everyone can make effective use of technology for
community change.

EVERYONE needs to be part of the next steps!
We will have computer stations with instructors set up for you to:
1) Get an e-mail account/Facebook account if you don’t have one and want one
2) Learn how to digitize information and take home a free CD of your
digitized material.
Bring in your own material (scrapbooks, flyers, photographs, books) or
digitize texts we will have on site!
Sign a manifesto to indicate your willingness to work together in
getting everyone in our community connected:
http://eblackcu.net/portal/manifesto.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB BRING YOUR RESUME. WE ARE COLLECTING RESUMES TO
SUBMIT TO UC2B WHEN THEY BEGIN HIRING: http://uc2b.net/jobs/.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at: http://eblackcu.net/portal/contact. Join
eBlackCU on Facebook.

2) Cotillion Yearbook Digitization Project. Help us get them all digitized!

The eBlackCU project has digitized the Cotillion Yearbooks, a program
of Gamma Upsilon Psi that
since 1972 has organized college scholarships for young
African-American women in our community. The Cotillions were started
by Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta in 1972, under the leadership of
Alvin Griggs, Willie Summerville and others. In 1974, Kathryn Humphrey
and Margaret Smith founded Gamma Upsilon Psi Society to assist the
fraternities with the Cotillion. In 1977 Gamma Upsilon Psi became the
sole sponsor of the program, and has continued it to the present day.
Visit the Society’s website for more information on their upcoming
Ball, to be held April 23, 2011, http://www.gesociety.com/.
The Yearbooks of these events are an amazing resource, as every year
they feature not only biographies of the Debutantes and their escorts,
but also brief notices from area churches, businesses and individuals
who sponsor the young women’s education. We are currently seeking the
Cotillion Yearbooks from 2004-2008, if anyone has a copy they could
lend to us to digitize we would be greatful. These digitized files
will be backed up at local archives and libraries for long-term
preservation. We are currently looking at ways to make this very large
collection of digital information more accessible. The digital
yearbooks contain nearly 10,000 pages on local African-American
history and we are experimenting with various ways to index the
collection, which is already full-text searchable, transparent so that
individuals can access them by name, church, school, or business. In
addition to making what we have already digitized more accessible, we
are also looking to extend our work by beginning a project to digitize
an even larger source of information, the high school yearbooks of
Champaign and Urbana public schools. This project is just getting
started and we need you to carry it forward. What similar types of
programs could your organization do to commemorate your history?
Contact us if you would like to join this movement.

3) Recent additions to the eBlackCU digital library on
African-American History and Culture

ANYONE can contribute to this project at:
http://eblackcu.net/portal/contribution. Want to help but don’t know
how? Contact us at: http://eblackcu.net/portal/contact.

1) 38th Annual Cotillion Yearbook – Gamma Upsilon Psi Society. 2010.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/860.

2) 37th Annual Cotillion – Gamma Upsilon Psi Society. 2009.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/859.

3) Terry Townsend testimony to University of Illinois Board of
Trustees. 2008. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/857.

4) IMPROVING NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING INPUT IN CHAMPAIGN’S NORTH END: A
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP . 1982.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/850.

5) Lawrence Johnson Memory Map of North End. 2009/1960.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/files/download/1361/fullsize.

6) Who is “Black” at the University of Illinois, 1965-1975, by Joy Ann
Williamson. 1997. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/844.

7) Simple Words, Simple Deeds. 1970. Based on interviews in the
African-American community on education. by Thomas J. Cottle.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/838.

8) Douglass Community Center. Through the Years. 2009.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/834.

9) Neighborhood Improvement Program for the Douglass Park
Neighborhood. 1997. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/833.

10) Segregated Students at the University of Illinois, 1945 to 1955.
1997. by Deirdre L. Cobb. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/829.

11) Housing Analysis and Program Recommendation for the Bristol Place
Neighborhood, Champaign, Illinois. 2000.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/826.

12) THE REHABILITATION OF BRADLEY PARK AND MT. OLIVE MANOR: A
PROPOSAL. 1983. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/825.

13) The Christian Current: Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Newsletters. 2008-2011. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/822.

14) An Assessment of Housing, Neighborhood Conditions, and attitudes
Towards Northeast Champaign and Northwest Urbana: A Study to Improve
Housing and Neighborhood Conditions in Northeast Champaign and
Northwest Urbana. 1990. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/821.

15) Memories of the African-American Experience in Champaign-Urbana,
featuring Ernie Westfield, Ruth Latham and Bernice Harrington. 2011.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/816.

16) Khair Ali Oral History. 2010. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/814.

17) Remembering the Struggle video. 1996.
http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/813
his video features short clippings of Rev. Ben E. Cox, Sr., Judy
Richardson, Nate Dixon, John Lee Johnson, Dianne Pinderhughes, Mary
Alexander, and Callie Fitzgerald discuss their participation in Civil
Rights and activism to forward the cause of the black community, both
in Champaign-Urbana and across the nation.

18) 1935 Negro History Week Celebrations in Champaign-Urbana. Urbana
Courier. http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/812.
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