This website began as a community service project of the Fall Semester 2009 Introduction to Public History class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The class is part of the Department of History’s Public History Graduate Certificate Program. The three students who worked on this project – Amanda Goodheart, Bette Elsden, and Abbott Thayer -- would like to thank Jon Berndt Olsen, Professor of History/Digital History, for his instruction and guidance.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Dave Hart and Matthew Mattingly of the UMass Amherst Center for Educational Software Development for their stalwart aid and support. This project would not have come to fruition without them.

Thanks, as well, to Rob Cox, Head of Special Collections & University Archives at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass, for providing our team with copies of the digitized document files, and for meeting with us about the project.

Finally, we would like to express our deep appreciation to Prof. Amilcar Shabazz, Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, for participating in this project by giving of his time and teaching about the Niagara Movement. We hope that his insights, recorded and posted on this pilot website, will inspire others as they have moved and inspired us.