Project Type: 2022

Dorothy Sara Lee

Photo by Carl Fleischhauer. Dorothy Sara Lee Speaks During Presentation of Wax Cylinder Recordings. United States Nebraska Macy, 1983. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000607/. African American, Archives, Folklore, Ethnomusicology Dorothy Sara Lee (1951-2005) Dorothy Sara Lee was an African American folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, and consummate scholar and ethnographer of Native American and Fijian musics and cultures. Born in …

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Joaquín Rivera

Photo courtesy of Musician and Community Activist Joaquín Rivera (1946- 2009) Joaquín Rivera was a musician and activist who revitalized Puertorriqueno traditions in his local Philadelphia community and shared them on national stages.  Joaquin Rivera was born in the Puerto Rican mountain town of Cayey in 1946. The youngest of eleven children, he experienced hardship …

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Cornelia Walker Bailey

Photograph by Patrick Heagney. African American, Storytelling, Cultural Activism Cornelia Bailey (1945-2017) In her own words, Cornelia Bailey was a Saltwater Geechee and a storyteller. Her research, writing, cultural, and environmental activism in her birthplace in Belle Marsh on Sapelo Island, part of the Georgia Sea Islands, defined her contribution to the folklore field. Bailey …

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Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun

Photo courtesy of Craftsperson, Community Organizer, Folklorist Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun (1944–2020) Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun, a path-breaking Hmong craftsperson and community organizer, introduced her community’s traditions to the nation while strongly sustaining culture for generations of Hmong Americans.  Born in the mountains of northeast Laos in Xieng Khouang Province, Pang’s earliest memories and first …

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Manuel Heriberto Peña

Photo courtesy of Tejano, Folklore, Ethnomusicology Manuel Heriberto Peña (1942-2019) Dr. Manuel Peña contributed significantly to Greater Mexican ethnomusicology, folklore and cultural studies. Using historical, folkloristic, and ethnographic data, he provided a rigorous Marxist analysis of socioeconomic class formation and its implication for Texas-Mexican musical styles and working- and middle-class aesthetics.  Manuel Peña was born …

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Julius Lester

Julius Lester speaks after receiving his Samuel Minot Jones Award for Local Literary Achievement. Photo courtesy of Jones Library, Amherst MA African American, Literature, Children’s Folklore, Media, Documentary photography Julius Lester (1939-2018) Julius Lester was a dynamic writer whose career spanned multiple genres over several decades. He is especially acclaimed for his works about African …

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Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte

Image from Colgage University, https://www.colgate.edu/news/stories/roy-bryce-laporte-ex-alst-director-and-professor-dies West Indian Panamanian American, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Diaspora Studies Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte (1933-2012) A trailblazer in African American, Latin American, and Caribbean studies programs, Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte developed innovative projects and curriculum that examined Black cultural traditions and migratory patterns in the Western Hemisphere. Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte, a Panamanian American …

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Audre Lorde

Photo by K. Kendall, April 1980, Austin, TX, via Flickr African American, Cultural Theory, Philosophy, Library Work Audre Lorde (1932-1992) Audre Geraldine Lorde was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet and essayist” whose work highlighted the tenets of intersectional critical theorizing in race, gender, and sexuality. Lorde was born in New York City to …

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Roberto Martínez, Sr.

Father-and-son mariachi musicians Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez. Arlington, Virginia, 2003. photograph by Alan Govenar Nuevo Mexicano, Music, Activism Roberto Martínez, Sr. (1929-2013) Roberto Martínez influenced generations of musicians through his songwriting, performances, and recordings, offering constant support and encouragement to younger musicians.  Surrounded by traditional northern Nuevo Mexicano music, Martínez went on to form the …

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John Gwaltney

Photographer unknown; photo sourced from prabook.com African American, Ethnography, Anthropology John Gwaltney (1928-1998) John Langston Gwaltney was a native anthropologist and folklorist whose scholarship chronicled the everyday lives of marginalized communities. Gwaltney was born in 1928 in Orange, New Jersey, as one of five children, to John Stanley Gwaltney, a merchant seaman, and Mabel Harper …

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