The History Makers, the Nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is making its collection available on-line through the Chicago Public Library starting this summer. 

The History Makers series has more than 9,000 hours of interviews with influential African Americans housed at the Library of Congress – 500 of them are from Chicago. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

The founder of the History Makers series, Juliana Richardson sees the archive as a source of pride for young people who would benefit from knowing the stories of influential African Americans. She believes it can play a role in turning young people away from violence.

“No one seems to be able to solve it, but at the same time I think our archives provide a playbook for Chicago,” Richardson said. “Not perfect, there was never a perfect Chicago, nut the black community there was a more vibrant black community that existed.”

Richardson said young people need to know the rich history, that she said, is becoming more of a faint memory.

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Source: CBS Chicago

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