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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on April 11 in O’Leary Library

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Are you interested in raising the profile of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who are notable enough to be included on Wikipedia but are missing from the internet encyclopedia?

Join our in-person ‘Edit-a-thon’ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 11, on the Mezzanine at the O’Leary Library.

Research and write an entry for one of the people we’ve identified as good candidates for an entry on Wikipedia — or come with an idea of your own. If you’re looking for a smaller task, you can improve one of the active pages we’ve identified.

Mentors will be on hand to help you find sources and edit content and snacks and prizes will be available to our the editors! No experience required. We'll have pizza, snacks, and drinks to help you work.

Visit our Wikipedia @UMass Lowell LibGuide to learn more and register ahead.

This year’s event is sponsored at UMass Lowell (UML) by the Center for Asian American Studies, the Center for Women and Work, and the University Library.

Black History Month: Gerard Lew

1906 Lowell High School Track Team: 2 standing in a running position and 2 others crouching as if ready for a race to begin. Image by Center for Lowell History, Lowell Files Collection, Images and Photographs, Lowell Historical Society

The Lew family of Lowell had several members who distinguished themselves in their chosen fields. We shared Teresa Lew at the start of the month, Bucky was honored by the campus this month, and now you can meet Gerard Lew (1888-1965). He was a multi-sport varsity athlete at Lowell High School, captain of the track team, and a key part of the four-man relay team which went undefeated for four straight years.

After attending Massachusetts Agricultural College (now University of Massachusetts Amherst) for three years and playing for their basketball team, he left to teach black children in the rural south. Later years saw Gerard working for the United States Postal Service as a civil service educator, writing a book of poems, and keeping up with his love of history and reading.

In 1961, he was involved in the founding of the first museum of black history in the United States, which is now known as The DuSable Black History Museum, in Chicago. He also served as their first president.

For more about his life visit our Gerard Nelson Lew LibGuide! Don't forget to also read the article: Bucky Lew Finally Getting His Due.