Black Wiki History Month 2021 at the Schomburg Center Online wth NYU LA is brought to you by the AfroCROWD Wikimedia Initiative in partnership with New York University Los Angeles, Wikimedia New York City, Young Entertainment Activists, ImageNation Cinema and more!

AfroCROWDers at the Schomburg Center. In 2021, we are holding a virtual event.
Partner: NYU Los Angeles
The AfroCROWD User Group
When and Where
DateFebruary 25, 2021
Time1:30 PM–5:00 PM EST
(10:30 AM–2:00 PM PST)


  • When: February 25: 10:30 AM–2:00 PM PST (1:30 PM–5:00 PM EST)
  • Where: Online on Zoom (link given at registration).

Register here if you have a Wikipedia username/ account:

If you don't have a Wikipedia username/ account yet:

Then register by clicking here to register for the event.


How to prepareEdit

  • Register to get the link to the event on Zoom?: the entire event will take place online on Zoom.
  • Have your laptop or tablet ready: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard.
  • Have a published source to cite: Google is handy, but we will also have the fortune of a Schomburg librarian joining us who can help if you are interested in anything in their collections. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • Social Media: Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtags for today are #AfroCBLackWikiHistory and #AfroCROWD. Our Twitter handle is @AfroCROWDit and on Instagram and Facebook are @AfroCROWD.

Also: You can hit the ground running by trying these ahead of the event:

Event AgendaEdit

Event time are listed in EST

  • 1:30 PM: Introductions from NYU LA and the Schomburg Center
  • 1:45 PM: Speaker: Moikgantsi Kgama, Founder, ImageNation Cinema
  • 2:15 PM: Primary training session
  • 3:00 PM: Breakout rooms open for editing with Wiki Coaches
  • 4:15 PM: Breakout rooms close for final speaker in main room
  • 4:18 PM: Speaker II
  • 4:30 PM: Sharing time, final Q&A
  • 5:00 PM: End of program
Hardworking editors

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon!Edit

What is Wikipedia?Edit

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the most-used encyclopedia ever. A couple million people have written bits of it, but most of Wikipedia is written by tens of thousands of volunteers around the world.[7] (See the statistics page for more information.) We start with a few improvements, learn, and build up from there. You, can, too!

Our mission for todayEdit

Thanks for coming today and helping make history with the #AfroCROWD initiative imprving awareness and engagement of people of African Descent on Wikipedia and the open internet.

Today's mission: Add at least one sentence or other contribution to Wikipedia about a notable person of African descent or a place or cultural item associated with the the African Diaspora.

Did you achieve today's goal? Tell a wiki coach in the chat, and we can help check your edit(s) for you.

Let’s begin:Edit

Editing contribution types for new Wikipedia editors:Edit

Is this your very first time? Try this:

  • Add a biographical sentence: Start with a name, a birthday, an occupation or title,  what they famously did,  and (very importantly) a citation to verify your information from a credible source(s).

How to make a citation (bibliographical reference):Edit

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Two editors work out an improvement

Editing Ideas: These have lists of potential articles to create/editEdit

New York HistoryEdit

Relevant videos and other mediaEdit


More useful resourcesEdit

Learning tools


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