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University of Montana
UM Black Student Union
"The Black Student Union (BSU) is an organization dedicated to encouraging cultural diversity at The University of Montana, with special regard to students of African descent.Members of the University administration, the student body, and the local community have partnered to enhance the educational experience of African and African-American students while at The University of Montana. In forming the BSU, the University community establishes the following beliefs: We believe that the academic needs and cultural realities of Black students deserve the same respect afforded other institutional programs. We believe that the University validates the importance of African and African - American students on campus by acknowledging the varying contributions and needs of those students. Fulfilling these needs at the collegiate level will provide students with more resources to draw upon once their college experience has concluded. Finally, we value student growth and development and strive for cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of all of our diverse histories and experiences."
African American Studies Program
"African-American Studies (AAST) at the University of Montana connects African and African-American (including Latin America and the Caribbean) history, experiences, and perspectives with the 21st century. The goal of the African-American Studies curriculum is to develop a basic knowledge of, and appreciation for, the diverse experiences of the African diaspora, and their contributions to the nations into which they were incorporated. Through this study students will recognize that the African-American narrative connects to the core issues of nation formation, identity politics, social movements, and the liberal state."
"The University of Montana Sociology program includes a broad range of topics and issues. At the undergraduate level, students can focus on General Sociology, Criminology, or Inequality and Social Justice. At the graduate level, students can focus on General Sociology, Criminology, Inequality and Social Justice, or Rural and Environmental Change. Faculty and student interests range from social issues facing local communities, to national questions about the impact of legislation on poverty programs or the causes of criminal behavior, to global concerns such as climate change and worldwide structures of inequality."
UM Diversity Advisory Council
"Formed in 1991, the Diversity Advisory Council at the University of Montana works to improve communication, education and relations among people of various diverse backgrounds. Diversity includes but not limited to, age, ideas and perspectives, disabilities, creed, ethnicity, gender identify, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, and the socioeconomic and geographic composition."
Black Visions Collective
Based in Twin Cities and Minnesota, this black, trans, and queer-led organization is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. They aim to shift the public narrative to create transformative and long-term change.
The Montana Racial Equity Project
The Montana Racial Equity Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, advocates equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana.
Montana State University Black Student Union
MSU's Black Student Union’s purpose is to advocate for the black community; to promote leadership; to embrace and educate about black culture and issues from black students perspectives; to provide a safe space for the black community; and to represent & remind black students that they are not alone.
"The ACLU of Montana envisions a fair, equitable, and free Montana that welcomes and celebrates diversity of all kinds. In our Montana, everybody is treated with dignity and respect, and has equal access to rights and freedoms. We work to hold the government accountable to all who live in Montana, with a particular focus on those who have been historically (or continue to be) disenfrachised, including Indigenous people and people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and families, the poor, and those with disabilities."
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.
National Civil Rights Museum
"Noted as one of the nation's premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally."
Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
"The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is the nation's oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. From the beginning, we were forged to fight the intractable — together."
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
"The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."
An online platform and organization that uses research-based policy solutions in attempts to end police brutality in America.
Color of Change
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
This website contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:
Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)
The documents presented here represent a selection of primary sources available in several ProQuest databases. The databases represented in this website include American Periodicals, Black Abolitionist Papers, ProQuest History Vault, ProQuest Congressional, Supreme Court Insight and Alexander Street’s Black Thought and Culture.
The goal of this website is to provide a selection of primary source documents that may be used by a wide range of students, from middle and high school students to college students and independent scholars. Examples of assignments may include National History Day projects or research papers about Black Freedom.
Teachers can use these documents to teach with primary sources on a specific topic or person such as the Abolitionist Movement or Frederick Douglass. In addition, any person might use this website to learn more about Black Freedom.