Indiana University Launches New Collection of Black Wealth Digital Resources


Indiana University’s Lilly Library on Thursday launched a new collection of digital resources called Land, Wealth, Liberation: The Making and Destruction of Black Wealth in the United States.

The digital collection provides an interactive timeline of events that affected the history of black affluence in the United States from 1820 to today. The collection explores how black Americans worked to produce and sustain wealth through land ownership along with an interactive timeline that includes photos, videos, and personal testimonies of events.

“I am extremely proud of my colleagues who have dedicated their time and expertise to amplifying Black and Indigenous history and experiences,” said Dean of University Libraries Ruth Lilly. Diane Dallis-Comentale Recount Indiana Student Daily.

Some of the topics included in the collection include how corporations and laws in the United States have attempted to limit black wealth and economic progress, including the history and effects of predatory lending, redlining and lynching.

The collection will also include sections on interactions between Black American groups and Indigenous peoples and guides for teaching events such as the Tulsa Race Massacre, the effect of housing inequality on the North Carolina neighborhood in Durham and the history of Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, which featured many black businesses.

Although they have recently reached new levels of black wealth, black Americans are still struggling to increase their economic power. Many Black Americans have taken their financial futures into their own hands during the COVID-19 pandemic by starting businesses in fashion, hair care, feminine hygiene, marijuana, computers and even the stock market.

However, black Americans are still in trouble with access to credit, start-up financing, start-up costs and emergency funds.

The Lilly Library event also featured a discussion on black wealth with Valerie GrimProfessor of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyemanauthor of Black diary.

New items will continue to be added to the collection, which is available to anyone in the state of Indiana. in lineto JSTOR, the academic database and IUScholarWorksIndiana University Institutional Repository.


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