Check out my guest post on crowdfunding in the humanities over at Tenured Radical! I’m a longtime fan of the TR, so it’s really exciting to have a post there, and to get the conversation about academic crowdfunding started!
Today marks the thirteenth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a grassroots effort to bring AIDS awareness into African American communities that is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can find the official website here. If you watch the video for our Kickstarter campaign below, or at the project page, you’ll see that Pernessa Seele traces the history of events like these to the Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS that she started in 1989. If you want to find out what’s happening near you, the official site has a handy map, which you can find here.
Last week, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to underwrite some of the costs associated with this project. I had planned to transcribe all of the interviews myself, but that quickly became unwieldly as I added more and more narrators in an attempt to capture as many stories of AIDS activism as possible. Transcription is time-consuming, making it difficult for me to do it all myself, and professional transcription services are expensive, making it basically impossible for me to cover the costs on my own. I set a fundraising goal of $6000, over half of which would go to transcription, with the rest covering equipment costs and travel expenses so that I can collect stories from across the country. Please watch the video, donate if you can, and share with anyone who might interested.