Rod Library is hosting a Human Rights Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Friday, September 21 from 12-5 p.m. (Room 324) in conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Power of Words Festival. Come to learn to edit Wikipedia and share information about human rights activists, equality, and social justice causes on the fifth most used website in the world.
This event honors Frederick Douglass's legacy as an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement and a champion for human rights and equality for all peoples. Due to a lack of diversity among Wikipedia's editorship, there are critical gaps in the information available on the free encyclopedia, especially around topics related to race, gender, and class. In the spirit of Douglass's social justice work, we hope to change that.
All computer skill levels are welcome. We recommend attendees create a unique Wikipedia account before the Edit-a-thon, but help will be provided at the event to create an account if needed. Feel free to bring your own laptop; computers will be available.