- Touching Up Our Roots assists four institutions that have LGBT Special Collections and Archives, where anything and everything related to Atlanta and Georgia lgbt life can be stored. These groups welcome our personal “stuff”: the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library (MARBL) at Emory University; the Gender and Sexuality Collections at the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives; the Special Collections and Archives at Kennesaw State University; and the Atlanta History Center, where the first lgbt collection and archive was founded in 1992.
- Roots has also partnered with National Public Radio’s StoryCorps Project, now housed at the Atlanta History Center, and has interviewed or facilitated over 50 interviews with lgbt community members. These interviews also are archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
- Roots has interviewed several community leaders on video, and has produced two documentaries: ‘In the Eye of the AIDS Storm, the Saga of Dr. Jesse Peel” about Dr. Peel co-founding all the major AIDS organizations in Atlanta and Georgia, and ‘Out of Darkness into Wholeness: the Erin Swenson Story” about Reverend Erin Swenson, the first mainstream minister to transition from male to female and to keep her ministry in the Presbyterian Church.
WHAT TYPES OF NEEDS DOES THE ORGANIZATION HAVE?
Volunteers are needed to pre-interview and interview lgbt folks, and to assist with the myriad demands of a grass roots and community based non-profit. Technical assistance is welcomed for online outreach and social media.
HOW CAN COMMUNITY MEMBERS BECOME INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION?
- Please e-mail Touching Up Our Roots Coordinator Dave Hayward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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