UIC Art History alum and current MUSE graduate student Alkebuluan Merriweather has recently created the Black Matriarch Archive that is now live on Instagram. Please read more about this project below, view the Black Matriarch Archive by clicking here, and consider submitting!
The goal here is to encourage members of the African diaspora to submit images and video documentation of black elders, whether they may be grandmothers, great-aunts, godmothers, or caregivers. We want to create an ongoing archive commemorating the black women in our lives who were crucial in our upbringing.
Black Matriarch Archive (BMA) is not just limited to cisgender black people. We encourage everyone to submit imagery of the black women in their lives, whether they are your drag mother, godmother, great-aunt, caregiver, or nonblood related relatives. BMA is intended to be a space for ALL black people, including the LGBTQIA community and nongender conforming folks.
Who we are: An ongoing digital archive that seeks to celebrate the Black Matriarchs within the African Diaspora. Black Matriarch Archive aims to collect, curate, and archive visual documentation and short stories focusing on Black Matriarchs.
Who is this for?: BMA is for everyone to engage with; however, it serves as a love letter to Black women/femmes/caregivers/drag mothers/great-aunt/aunty/godmother, etc.
What’s your inspiration behind this archive? I created this archive to honor my last remaining grandmother Glady’s Mae, alongside my Nana and Great Aunt Flo.
How can I submit?: Email me at email@example.com with an image description, details of who is pictured, and year if possible.