This proposal is for a presentation on Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD). AfroCROWD is an initiative based in the United States in New York City. Founded during Black Wiki History Month in February of 2015, it seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual edit-a-thons in partnership with cultural institutions throughout the New York City area, and occasionally, via virtual link, has partnered with organizations and Wikipedians outside the region.
AfroCROWD served as a keynote at WikiConference USA in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and participated in Wikimania 2016, and other events in the Wikimedia Community. Our partners have included such venerated institutions as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Garifuna Nation, Afridiaspora, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), the Haiti Cultural Exchange, among others. We have also partnered with professors at educational institutions like the New York University (NYU) and The New School of Art and Design.
With the help of volunteers of the Wikimedia New York City community, AfroCROWD has trained scores of future trainers in the target community and through our monthly edit-a-thons have collected considerable knowledge about operating edit-a-thons that we would like to share. We also look forward to learning from and connecting with the community at Indaba.