King will speak on Black Americans for Democracy on Thursday

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Whitney King

Whitney King, a recent graduate of the U of A’s Master of Arts in Journalism program, will discuss her research on Black Americans for Democracy at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, as part of the Speaker Series for graduate students, a collaborative initiative between the Special Collections Division of University Libraries and the Graduate School and International Education. The conference will take place in the Special Collections Reading Room, located on Level 1 of the Mullins Library, and a recording of the event will be sent to all who register.

The Black Americans for Democracy was a U of A student organization that was active in the 1960s and 1970s and a precursor to today’s Black Student Association. The University Libraries Special Collections Division houses Black Americans for Democracy Materials (MC 1915.UA), which contains issues of the organization’s journal, the bad times. The libraries provide access to 20 digitized issues of the journal in the BAD Times Digital Collection, which is freely available to users worldwide.

In 2021, King received a National Journalism Award for his work reporting on homeless criminals in northwest Arkansas. That same year, she worked on oral and visual histories for the Pryor Center and launched her own production company.

“Going forward, I plan to continue working on projects that highlight minorities and people in the Northwest Arkansas area,” she said.

The Graduate Student Speaker Series provides opportunities for graduate students to present research or creative work they have completed using materials from Special Collections and seek community feedback while continuing their development professional. Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.