April 2017 Opportunities
Learn to edit Wikipedia at these exciting events
AfroCROWD joins Icahn School of Medicine for a Race and Gender Wikipedia Editathon
Learn to Edit Wikipedia and Unearth Hidden Figures in Medicine
When:Sunday, April 28, 2017, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York
Annenberg 12-01, 1468 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029
You are invited to this month's AfroCROWD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Icahn School of
Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. Help discover and bring light to hidden figures of
African descent in medicine like    Dr. Charles Drew,creater of the blood bank,
or Harlem's own,   Dr. Patricia Bath,medical pioneer and inventor of the
cataract laser treatment and    Henrietta Lacks,a black woman with a
tremendous story, who, in death, saved millions. Plus many more.
Also, did you know that Wikipedia is a growing source of medical information? Healthcare
providers, trainees, and consumers alike use Wikipedia to access health information, but
the WikiMed editing community remains small, predominantly male and with few people of
color. Taking an active role with Wikipedia is achievable for clinicians, students and
others who see and will fix errors, making it a stronger, better, open resource to
Attendees of all skill levels are welcome. The event is Inspired by the Icahn School of
Medicine at Mount Sinai Race and Bias Initiativeand Wikipedia intersectional advocates,
the Levy Libraryand partners,ISMMS WikiMed student groupand AfroCROWD(Afro Free Culture
As always, all of our events are free and open to the public.Wikipedia coaches will be on
hand to help.
*Please bring a laptop and  register for a Wikipedia accountahead of the event.
 RSVP: Sign me up!
Other World of Wikimedia Happenings
Join us! August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.
Wikimania 2017, the 13th annual international conference of the Wikimedia movement, is
being held August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada. This is an action packed, fun, global
conference of all things Wikipedia that is open to the public. Each year the conference is
held in a new country. This year, we are happy to have it in our back yard.
Whether you actively edit Wikipedia, mostly enjoy reading the content, have thought of
doing more with Wikipedia, or are just curious about the free knowledge movement,
Wikimania is for you. Learn more about   Wikimania 2017 here.More registration
information coming soon.
Get on the Bus!
 WikimediaNYCis chartering a bus from New York to Montreal for Wikimania 2017 August
9-13th. Let us know if you are interested by  clicking here.
We are also working on getting   accomodationfor the conference. Right now they
are as low as $40/night. Stay tuned.
Coming Edit-a-thon by our friends at BLT
Friday, April 21, 2017
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm EST
Mugar Memorial Library
with BU Arts Initiative
at  Boston University
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Estin Room – 302
Boston, MA 02215
 CLICK TO RSVP
*Open to All, bring your laptop. All levels welcomed. Ongoing help available.
Sign up for
Have Wikipedia questions? Want to meet other Wikipedia editors in a relaxed town hall type
of setting? Join us for Wiki Wednesdays, the  Wikimedia New York City Chaptermonthly
meetings. All are welcome. Food is provided.  Click here to Sign up.
Recent Wiki Events
AfroCROWDers make history during Black History and Women's History Months, 2017
Black History Month:AfroCROWD actively participated in  Black WikiHistory
Monthnational outreach campaign for the third year in a row this February, helping bring
together members of the community and general public to contribute content related to
black history on Wikipedia.
We began the month with an edit-a-thon at noted management firm Accenture,partnering with
their African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) for a fun event that focused on the
contributions of the African American community in science, technology, engineering and
Then we headed to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culturein Harlem for our a
Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in honor of the Center's Black Power!
exhibit. For the first time via video and satellite link, we heard from Wikipedia editors
who were also editing on the topic of Black History Month in Ghana, Ivory Coast and other
parts of the continent of Africa. An international effort.
The following day we book-ended our Black History Month celebrations with a meetup at
theAce Hotel, New York City focused on Wikimedia's new WikiData technology. Wikidata
is an exciting new way to input and update data, including information pertinent to the
black community, using games and other query methods via Wikipedia.
Women's History Month:The coming of March meant the commencement of Women's
History Month during which we joined the Fashion Institute of Technology and our friends
at  Art+Feminismfor a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Black women fashion designers.
Photos:Left:Fashion Institiute of Technology Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Black women
designers. Right:New Wikipedia editors at the Accenture Black History Month Wikipedia
Edit-a-thon on Blacks in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)
We also teamed up with with black artist initiative, the Black Lunch Table,for a breakout
seminar on women artists at the annual Art+FeminismWikipedia edit-a-thon conference at the
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Learn more about the Black Lunch Table in the "Other
World of WIkimedia Happenings" section above.
The event attracted participants from all over North America, including yellow capped
students from local Democracy Prep High Schoolwho visited our MoMA session.
It's been a busy and fantastic season. We can't wait to see you at a coming
Photos: Top collage:Images from our breakout session seminar with the Black Lunch Table on
Black women artists at the 2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Conference at the
Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA). Middle photo:Accenture Black History Month Wikipedia
Edit-a-thon on Blacks in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Bottom
photo:Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
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please contact us today:
Founder, Executive Director - Alice Backer-  Alice(a)AfroCROWD.org
Program Manager, Public Outreach - Sherry Antoine, MPA:  Sherry(a)AfroCROWD.org
Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD)is an initiative which seeks to
increase the number of people of African Descents who actively partake in the Wikimedia
and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki
History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about
free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in
Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual edit-a-thons in partnership with
renowned cultural institutions, museums, galleries, educators, libraries, and archives in
the New York Metro area and beyond. AfroCROWD has also trained future trainers in the
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