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SAA Community Reflection on Black Lives and Archives (June 2020)

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As noted in the Society of American Archivists’ June 2 Statement on Black Lives and Archives, the vitality of American archives depends on the safety of archives workers and an explicit commitment to social responsibility, justice, and anti-racism in the work that we do and the organizations we work within.

The SAA Council convened this forum of reflection to move toward healing and understanding on the continuation of anti-Black violence and provide an affirmation of the importance of Black lives. 

Moderated by Dr. Meredith R. Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta and 74th President of the Society of American Archivists.


  • Zakiya Collier, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
  • Dorothy Berry, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Courtney Chartier, Rose Library, Emory University
  • Erin Lawrimore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Closing remarks by SAA Vice President/President-Elect Rachel Vagts, Denver Public Library.

The magnitude of support and interest from the archival profession toward the development of tools and resources to dismantle structural racism in our work is inspiring and powerful. We will also be hosting a facilitated planning forum to gather constructive feedback and develop anti-racist goals in July 2020. We look forward to continuing this work with you.