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Introducing the Womanist Video Library

This online resource compiles, organizes, and curates videos of womanist scholars and practitioners providing social contexts and multiple perspectives on womanist voices, scholarship, teaching, activism, theology, preaching, ethics, art, counseling, and leadership. 

The Womanist Video Library was founded with the belief that womanist voices are essential in conversations about contemporary and historical events and that the importance of womanist thinking and knowledge has often been underrepresented in virtual and in-person academic library settings and often collected and curated in limited ways.

The Womanist Video Library serves as an evolving and non-permanent collection of womanist videos currently available online.  It also aims to address the under-development of online library resources and research guides that feature the knowledge production of black women as a focal point. The Womanist Video Library also speaks to the larger issue of how academic librarianship can incorporate social justice and critical consciousness into the profession through the work of librarians, through collection and online resource development, and by providing targeted inclusive library services. 

By centering the lives of women of color, specifically black women, the types of possible conversations in gender studies, religious studies, theology, ethics, biblical studies, art, activism, and leadership shift. The move “from margin to center” presents students, teachers, and researchers with opportunities to extend their thinking beyond structural, curricular, and instructional, and informational limitations that result from the unexamined identity politics of American (U.S.A.) Christianity, whiteness, race, cisgender, ablebodiness, masculinity, femininity, the politics of respectability as well as sexual politics to engage new sets of theoretical and methodological questions and reject  unproven assumptions that attempt to undermine the excellence and rigor of woman of color scholarship.

Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish once said, “Librarians must become active not passive agents of the democratic process” [2]. Let this resource and the ones to come represent a definitive call to action.

MacLeish A. The librarian and the democratic process. ALA Bulletin. 1940 Jun:388.

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