WASHINGTON—Though he was the first African American with a doctoral degree in educational psychology as well as editor of the Journal of Negro Education for 30 years, Charles Henry Thompson’s page on Wikipedia didn’t show much.
It didn’t include his rich background of innovation and scholarship or even photography. Instead, it was a mere two sentences.
That remained the case until Howard University students and faculty gathered at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Feb. 19 to rewrite his description and show others how to do the same for other important African American figures.
It was called an “Edit-a-thon.” Howard educators, historians and students came together to fill in gaps and add extensive information for significant African American figures.
“When there are major historical and cultural figures that are not there, we’ve done them a disservice,” said Howard Dodson, the director of the Spingarn Center, who also served as an editor for the day.