professor matthew delmont decided a few years ago that he wanted to change how he teaches
african american history.
delmont teaches at dartmouth college in the state of new hampshire.
at first, delmont turned to twitter. there, he shared stories of the everyday lives of african americans he read about in black newspapers.
that project expanded in november to become the website black quotidian. there, readers will find life stories of hundreds of african americans taken from black newspapers. the stories appeared in publications between the early 1900s and the 1980s.
the website contains copies of stories from more than 10 black newspapers, such as the chicago defender and the pittsburgh courier. it also has audio recordings, pictures and videos.
网站收录超过10家黑人报纸的报道，当中包括芝加哥卫报（chicago defender），匹兹堡信使（pittsburgh courier）等。还收录了录音、图片和视频报道。
"l felt like my students were coming away from the class only thinking african american history was about these civil right(s) marches or about martyrs," delmont said.
"i felt like they spent so much time thinking about black death that they were losing sight of the broader complexity, really the beautiful aspects of african american history."
the website shows african americans who made their mark in sports, politics, the military and other areas. among them are icons like dr. martin luther king jr. and civil rights activist rosa parks. but delmont also aims to bring attention to lesser known people.
one of them is juanita blocker. she was the first black member of the professional women's bowling association. she wrote about bowling in the los angeles sentinel newspaper for 20 years.
胡安妮塔 布洛克尔也是其中之一。她是职业女子保龄球协会的第一位非裔会员，并为《洛杉矶哨兵报》（los angeles sentinel newspaper）写了20年与保龄球相关的文章。
the website also tells about claudette colvin of montgomery, alabama. as a 15-year-old, she refused to give up her seat on a bus – nine months before rosa parks did the same.
delmont said, "these iconic figures are important but we need to understand the everyday people doing important things in their community." he added that he has observed a growing interest in rediscovering overlooked african americans.
delmont said he hopes the website brings attention to black newspapers. he said the publications were especially important for african american communities that had recently migrated north. the newspapers described people's daily lives. they provided news of everything from politics to sports to weddings.
ethan michaeli worked for the chicago defender and wrote a book about the newspaper. he said delmont's website is offering a fresh look at the role these newspapers played in black communities. many of the papers included on the website have closed or no longer print newspapers. 伊森·米夏埃利曾为《芝加哥后卫报》工作，并写过一本关于该报的书。他说，德尔蒙特的网站重新审视了这些报纸在黑人社区中所扮演的角色。网站上的报纸大多已经关闭或不再印刷了。
michaeli said, "i'm very excited about it as kind of serving as the bridge between the past and the present in this way.”