“Seeking History Worthy of Grown Folks”: the Beinecke Library’s James Weldon Johnson Collection
Michael Morand ’87, ’93 M.Div Is the Public Relations and Communications Director for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Morand, who came to the city in 1987 as an undergraduate and earned a master’s degree from the Yale Divinity School, has been a cheerleader for both Yale and New Haven, both personally and as Associate Vice President in the office of New Haven & State Affairs, where he worked for a decade.
One of the jewels of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale is the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters, perhaps the top archive of its type at any university in the United States, named for the Florida-born writer and civil rights activist (1871–1938). In this talk, Beinecke Library Public Relations Officer Mike Morand ’87, ’93 MDiv will highlight one of the most important treasures in this collection, the archives of American historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963). Starting with the Beinecke’s copy of Du Bois’s magnum opus, Black Reconstruction in America (1935), Mike will help us explore how the James Weldon Johnson Collection offers new resonance in our own time for the pursuit of lux and veritas.