ALA, ACRL, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University Library Deans/Directors Association, Inc., are sponsoring a virtual screening of the short film Hidden in Full View, the story of the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1931. The screening will take place from 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
After the screening of Hidden in Full View, Charles L. Chavis, Jr., will talk about the process of researching and writing The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022) with an emphasis on the institutional and descriptive challenges of archival research on communities who have experienced racial harm. He will outline the vision of the Archive of Racial and Cultural Healing (ARCH) on the national and regional levels, and engage in a panel discussion with national leaders in the archives and library community. The program will include opportunities for participants to engage in future educational and collaborative programming to realize ARCH.
Chavis is the national co-chair of the US Movement for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (US TRHT) and vice-chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The #breathewithme Revolution and leaders of the US TRHT are working toward lasting and transformative policies at the local, regional, and national levels to dismantle systemic racism, and for the establishment of a national commission.