Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center & Eugene B. Redmond Collection

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center & Eugene B. Redmond Collection

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The proposed Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center will feature two exhibit galleries, individual and group research space, and processing and staff areas. In addition, the attached Learning Center will be constructed and furnished with state-of-the-art technology to support the community use of the collection in all formats. The creation of the center will provide scholars, faculty, students of all ages and the surrounding Metro East St. Louis community access to the Eugene B. Redmond Collection with its unique historical record of African American and multicultural arts movements both in the U.S. and internationally which integrates research in the fields of art, folklore, literature, poetry, history, dance, music, drama, photography, diversity and culture in unique ways. Hence, the collection will serve as one of the greatest post-civil rights repositories ever assembled, with thousands of books, magazines, rare program booklets and flyers, audio/visual recordings and historic posters. It also holds more than 150,000 photographs of literary artists, musicians, entertainers, scholars, dancers/choreographers, supporters of the arts and political activists, which Dr. Redmond has taken over the last four-and-a-half decades. Many of these images appear regularly in Drumvoices Revue, which is copublished by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the East St. …

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