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Collection Overview

Creator:
Princeton University. Black Justice League.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Black Justice League Records
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fq977x41r
Dates:
2014-2016
Size:
207 digital files and 1 websites
Language:
English

Abstract

The Black Justice League (BJL) is a coalition of undergraduate students at Princeton University with the stated purpose of standing in solidarity with Ferguson (Missouri) and dismantling racism on the Princeton University campus. The collection consists of two of the organization's social media webpages as well as an online petition that states the organization's demands.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of the organization's Google Drive, two of the organization's social media webpages as well as an online petition that states the organization's demands.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Black Justice League.

The Black Justice League (BJL) is a coalition of undergraduate students at Princeton University with the stated purpose of standing in solidarity with Ferguson (Missouri) and dismantling racism on the Princeton University campus. Princeton students created the organization, which is neither registered with nor funded by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, in the fall of 2014 as a response to the August 9, 2014, shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson and spent part of its first year organizing direct actions on campus, including die-ins and #BlackBrunch initiatives at local Princeton businesses.

On November 18, 2015, BJL organized and led a two-day sit-in at Nassau Hall in which student members occupied the office of University President Christopher L. Eisgruber. The sit-in was a protest of, among other things, the use of Woodrow Wilson's image and name on campus, for which the group began a poster campaign earlier in the Fall 2015 semester. Other significant points of emphases for BJL in the fall 2015 semester, which the group highlighted in its petition and negotiations with President Eisgruber, included the push for mandatory competency training for all faculty and staff, amendment to the distribution requirement that would require students to take a class about a marginalized group, and dedicated cultural affinity spaces.

Collection History

Acquisition:

The social media websites were captured in November of 2015 (Crawl ID 185189 and Crawl ID 184674) as part of the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative. The online petition was captured in January of 2016 (Crawl ID 190840). The Google Drive was transferred to Mudd Library in 2018 (AR.2019.072).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning.

Processing Information:

The websites in this collection were described by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in January 2016. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in November 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by emailing mudd@princeton.edu.

Other Finding Aids:

Full text searching of the Black Justice League archived websites is available through the Archive-It interface.

Credit this material:

Black Justice League Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fq977x41r
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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