Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2017 Edition

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

wikipedia_edit-a-thon_-_feb_25_2017The Schomburg Center, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is proud to host “Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,” our third year initiative in which we invite members of the community and general public to contribute to content related to black history on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. For the first time, via video satellite, we’ll be able to unite with Wikipedia editors in Africa who will edit alongside us.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it (crowdsourced). At this event, you will learn how Wikipedia works and how to add content to it. Take advantage of the rich resouces of the Schomburg library to write and edit entries on black history and culture. Volunteer Wikipedians, the experts, will also be on hand to provide support and instruction on working in Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia training and Edit-a-thon will be held in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division on the C-level (lower level) of the Schomburg Center. Stay for the entire afternoon or drop in any time between 12pm and 5pm.

Bring your own laptop, if possible. Laptops will also be available to check out with your NYPL library card.

Advanced wiki editing skills not required.  Passion for black history and culture is highly recommended!

If you’re new to Wikipedia, check out the Beginner’s guide to Wikipedia and make sure to create an account before Feb. 25th so you can get started right away.

A reception will follow the event at 5:00 pm.

Cost: FREE. Register at to RSVP.  FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure full attendance. All registered spots are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.  Guests, please note no food or drinks are allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street


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