Randall Library Awarded Funds for Civil Rights Digitization Project

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

UNCW’s Randall Library has been awarded a $25,065 grant for “Civil Rights in Southeast North Carolina: The School, the Market, and the Ballot Box,” a digitization project. This project was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18). 

The federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. At Randall, the LSTA grant will fund both the digitization of primary source materials and the creation of 20 lesson plans related to the struggle for civil rights in Southeast North Carolina. The documents come from the collections of former New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Heyward Bellamy, former United States Congressman Alton Lennon, and lawyer and integration advocate Wallace C. Murchison.

“These lessons plans will help teachers meet specific standards from both the eighth-grade North Carolina history curriculum and the curriculum for American History II,” said Nathan Saunders, associate director for library specialized collections. “Teachers from around the region will soon be able to access these resources on our website.”

Randall Library was one of 48 recipients of the competitive grants, which aim to advance excellence and promote equity while expanding access and community engagement across the state’s libraries. Community engagement and regional impact are also key components of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

-- Caroline Cropp