EAP Secretariat's Archive
1997 May 21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 21, 1997
Jackie Jones &
Fisk Race Relations
Partnership Documents African-American Legacy
Details of HOLDINGS, a unique partnership between several prestigious African-American organizations, will be announced:
Wednesday, May 21, 1997
Four Seasons Hotel
Chicago, Illinois, USA
HOLDINGS, the acronym for Holding Our Library Documents Insures Nobility, Greatness and
Strength, is a long-term initiative
designed to preserve valuable, one-of-a-kind historical records and artifacts that document the early African-American
"The goal of HOLDINGS is to preserve, protect and distribute the historical and intellectual properties of Black people
throughout the Black Diaspora. It's important to preserve the legacy of our ancestors and document our struggles and
accomplishments. We must be aware that keeping records intact is crucial for the accurate telling of the African-American story. In
order to do this, we recognize the need for maintaining proprietary
control over our intellectual properties." said Dr. Raymond Winbush, director of the Race Relations Institute at
Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of HOLDING
Urban City Foods, Burger King, the La-Van and Wendy Hawkins Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women, the National
Council of Black Studies, and Historically Black Colleges & Universities are founding partners in this monumental effort.
Accessible archives will include, but certainly shall not be limited to:
The George Gershwin Collection
Selected Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois
Abraham Lincoln's Bible given to him by slaves upon their release
The Writings of Mary McLeod Bethune
The Gospel Collection which includes Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord Take My Hand," Charles Chestnut, and Chicago's famous Black Alderman Bill Dawson.
"These documents are a lasting legacy." said La-Van Hawkins, Chairman of Urban City Foods, Burger King and the La-Van and Wendy Hawkins Foundation.
"It is time for America to realize we have African-American intellectual scholars, inventors, writers, athletes and entertainers,
among others, who have a special place in history and helped build this great country. There exists an enormous amount of
factual material that supports the contributions made by our people." Mr. Hawkins explained.
In addition to the preservation of historical records, the
HOLDINGS project will provide technical assistance in collecting and preserving valuable archival documents. Organizations with
historical documents related to African-Americans will be invited
to participate in this on-going effort.
"Furthermore, I personally ask those capable of supporting this process to come to the table. Whether corporate executive,
professional athlete, entertainer, scholar, foundation or community leader, let us join forces and recognize how important
this is. It is because of my belief in this project that I pledge my financial support."
"In addition, technology is the way of the new millennium and this
project will allow everyone to have access to important information, that would not otherwise be available. Coming from
Cabrini Green makes me have a special appreciation for this new technology. With access to a school or community computer you
can expand your environment and learn about success stories and know that there is a different world beyond your neighborhood." Hawkins said.
Dr. Dorothy Height, President of the National Council of Negro
Women said, "This [project] is long overdue for African-Americans. We have such a rich history that most of the
American people are totally unaware of. This is the mechanism to
educate, motivate and inspire. Additionally, it is important that
women know the true roots of their power."
Among those expected to attend the event are:
Mrs. Wendy Hawkins, Hawkins Foundation
Dr. Rutherford H. Adkins, President Fisk University
Dr. Bill Little, National Council of Black Studies
Falah Al-Hadid, Technology Resolution, Inc.
Joyce A. Joyce, Chicago State University
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Gwendolyn Brooks
Other invited guests include:
Harry Allen, Public Enemy
Maya Angelou, Author
Jessie Carney Smith, Head Librarian Fisk University
John H. Johnson, Publisher
Michael Jordan, Athlete
Delores Jordan, Community Activist
R. Kelly, Singer
Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host
John Singleton, Film Director
Secretary of Education, Richard Riley
Dr. Mabel Pfifer, International Telecommunications Consortium
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