About

The awareness of social injustices and unfairness must be highlighted within the histories of our society through documented archives. By making society aware of these unpleasant and unfair actions towards people, something can be done to serve justice. I believe that as a result of the past year, people are beginning to realize the societal problems regarding racism, hate, and discrimination through this hidden narrative that occurs in our society. Documenting these experiences through, newspapers, photographs and texts becomes an important factor in the cause. By highlighting the imperfect patterns, the reason to fight against social injustice becomes a shared purpose among the people, especially seen in the Black Lives Matter Movement and many more similar movements that revolt against societal hierarchy. Because of this, I feel the need for a peaceful society, but also to no longer have people hate other people. The reason why I became so involved in the concept of peace and the pursuit of justice was because of a professor I had for the course Theology II, which  promoted the powerful notion of peace but also emphasized the wrongdoings and injustices of our history. I truly believe that it takes just one person to inspire and motivate others to try and improve situations of injustice. This project focused on researching the role of libraries and archives in documenting social justice movements and human rights issues. Through my research, more has come to my attention and I wanted to expose “hidden archives,” which are collections that tell the story of marginalized groups, but these stories are often invisible to most library users, thereby silencing those narratives. In this project, I have highlighted some of the archives that inspired me and that exemplify how archival work can support social justice.