MATRIX and the MSU African Studies Center have collaborated for a decade to bring research and educational materials about Africa to the public via the Internet. These efforts have resulted in several websites focused on South Africa and West Africa. Plans are underway to provide access to more multimedia collections and to create a federated African Online Digital Library site where content of all these collections can be searched together.
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy is a multimedia curriculum resource for high school and undergraduate students. The site includes newly written chronology units and topical essays, along with primary documents, maps, photographs, and posters and educational activities for use by educators. A collection of more than 40 videotaped interviews, along with 140 short segments from them organized by topic, brings this history alive. With funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Community Video Education Trust (CVET)
Community Video Education Trust (CVET) contains footage taken by community activists in Cape Town that provides a public record of political activities during the period of peek resistance to apartheid in the late 1980s. The raw footage documents anti-apartheid demonstrations, speeches, mass funerals, celebrations, and interviews with activists. More than 150 streaming videos are available on this site, with more being added regularly. With funding by the U.S. Department of Education.
African Activist Archive
African Activist Archive is a multimedia collection of primary materials about activism in the United States in support of struggles for freedom and democracy in Africa, with a significant focus on southern Africa. Photographs, buttons, posters, and written remembrances on the current site will be expanded and supplemented by a large collection of historical documents when the site is redesigned in 2008. With funding by the Ford Foundation and several family foundations.
African Online Digital Library
Multi-Lingual Digital Library for West African Sources Seven collections of West African materials created during 2000-03 are currently housed on the African Online Digital Library website. This unusual resource includes a gallery of oral history interviews from Senegal in Pulaar posted with translations in French and English. With funding by the National Science Foundation.
Diversity and Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa
Diversity and Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa, a project of Africanist scholars at MSU, Harvard, and Indiana. This site will include previously unavailable materials from and about Muslim communities in Senegal and Ghana and their relations with practitioners of other faiths. With funding by the U.S. Department of Education.