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"From the Vaults" is the RIAS library and archives blog, in which we highlight remarkable historical persons and events through documents from our collections.

Stokely Carmichael in Alabama 19666

From Civil Rights to Black Power: The Radicalization and Decline of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

In June of 1966, Civil Rights activists from around the country gathered in Mississippi to organize black communities in support of their newly acclaimed voting rights. They rushed to the southern state after James Meredith, who had planned to do a solo March Against Fear to encourage black voter registration, was shot and wounded two days into his journey. Many prominent Civil Rights leaders took over his march along the 220-mile route through the Mississippi Delta, speaking in several cities and helping many African Americans register. That month, no speech stood out as much as Stokely Carmichael’s on 16 June at a rally in Greenwood. When it was his turn to take the stage, the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) announced a new direction for his organization: Black Power. Read more.

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We invite applications to a conference dedicated to situating the COVID-19 pandemic in American and global history.

The Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA) has launched the second issue of the student journal NASR.  

Together with its fellow Middelburg-based organizations, University College Roosevelt and the HZ University of Applied Sciences, the RIAS organized an online election event on the night of 3 November 2020.

On 10 and 11 December 2020, the RIAS will host an online conference on "Racial Democracy: Challenges to Civic Democratic Ideals in American History." The conference is co-sponsored by Leiden University and the NWO VIDI Project "Beacons of Freedom."

The RIAS is a proud participant in the Campus Zeeland initiative: a collaboration between Zeeland institutions of research and higher education, in partnership with local business and government. 

The RIAS is pleased to announce that three new PhD researchers will join our team, starting in January 2021. 

The 2020 Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was won by Emma van Toorn (Radboud University Nijmegen).