Living Archive in Black Studies (LABS)

As we imagine new futures for Black Studies at Stanford, it is imperative that we honor and preserve our rich history. The Living Archive of Black Studies (LABS) is a living archive of in-depth interviews, photos, and media of key figures who played a crucial role in the foundation, establishment, and flourishing of African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Stanford University. 

Developed under the direction of Professor Grant Parker (AAAS Interim Faculty Director, 2022-2023), in collaboration with Associate Director Dr. Katie Dieter, LABS serves as a dynamic reservoir of knowledge and expression, actively engaged in the preservation, exploration, and dissemination of the multifaceted narratives of AAAS at Stanford. This living archive is a vibrant, evolving entity that grows with the infusion of voices, experiences, and scholarly contributions. It serves the vital purpose of amplifying our histories and perspectives and fostering a deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of Black history, culture, and intellectual achievements in AAAS. LABS strives to bridge the past and the present, fostering a sense of community and empowerment while encouraging ongoing dialogue and scholarship in the pursuit of a more inclusive and just future.