Author Archives: Sydney Johnson

About Sydney Johnson

Sydney. Storyteller. Thinker. Creator. Black Feminist Historian. Welcome to my blog! I am a first year American Studies Doctoral student at Rutgers-Newark. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I’m enjoying my journey.

Slavery’s Echoes: Documenting the Peculiar Institution in Missouri, 1720 to the Present

[This is a FICTIONAL grant application created for educational purposes only. The contents are in no way representative of the named institution.] The Missouri State Museum (MSM) in Jefferson City, Missouri requests a NEH Digital Projects for the Public Discovery … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Initially, I was unsure of how to frame this post. Having just read excerpted chapters from Barbra Ransby’s Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision I was swimming in a milieu of grassroots organizing and the … Continue reading

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#HistoricalWellness: Black Women’s Self-Care in the Digital Age

Courtesy Creative Commons Self-care is in vogue right now. Think pieces, Instagram posts, and Facebook soliloquies abound urging people to prioritize pampering, relaxation, and stress-reducing activities. Often, however, the deeper, more intentional and frightening work of self-care is avoided in … Continue reading

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The master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the master’s House

This week’s readings are further confirmation that Kim Gallon’s call for an exclusively and deliberately Black-centric digital humanities sphere was transformative, necessary and a foundational, generative moment. Each piece either bolsters her claim or evidences work being done in the … Continue reading

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40 Acres and a Mule

The enslavement and forced labor of Black bodies has powerful resonances in every aspect of global society. In some of ways, the technological moment described in Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism is similar to an inescapable system … Continue reading

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Does High Culture even Exist Anymore?

The title of this post is a legitimate question that I asked myself while embarking on this week’s readings. Because of the intense interconnectedness that technology affords us, the separation and abstractness that high culture was once predicated on, as … Continue reading

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God’s Gonna Trouble the Water: Oppression, Recovery and the Transformative Possibilities of Digital Humanities

Deep within their manifestations and reflections on the evolution and application of #transformDH, Bailey, Cong-Huyen, Lothian and Phillips posed a question— “…how can academics who are receiving institutional recognition and funding also support community-based digital activism and internal structural changes?” … Continue reading

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