David Walker's Appeal: An Excerpt

This short video is intended to showcase the unique and rare materials housed in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.  The first edition copy of David Walker's "Appeal" seen here belonged to W.E.B. Du Bois, the preeminent scholar of African American history and culture.

Frederick Douglass Tribute


Lois Reitzes talks with Professor Pellom McDaniels, curator of the African American Collections at Emory’s Rose Library, and Shane Stephens, the Irish Consul General, about Frederick Douglass.


Emory Celebrates Douglass

To celebrate the 200th birthday of abolitionist, author, statesman, and orator Frederick Douglass, Emory Libraries will host a live reading of selections from his speeches, editorials, and letters. Presenters will include Emory University faculty and staff, Atlanta community members, and one of Douglass' direct descendants.



The Hemp Breakers

Curator of African American Collections at Emory University and former Kansas City Chiefs player, Pellom McDaniels III, discusses his new book taking a creative spin on poetry, music and historical narrative examining the arc of African American life.

  • Pellom McDaniels III, former KC Chiefs player and author, The Hemp Breakers



Native Guard

Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be staged this season amidst the Atlanta History Center’s extraordinary Civil War collection. First adapted for the stage by the Alliance in 2014 to sold-out audiences, Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.

For the second act of each performance, you're invited to join a discussion about the play. Each night will be hosted by a different community leader, who will share their thoughts on the show before opening the discussion. Hosts include Sheffield Hale (President & CEO, Atlanta History Center); Dr. Paul Wolpe (Director, Emory Center for Ethics); Pellom McDaniels III (Curator, African American Collections, Rose Library); Doug Hooker (Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission); Doug Shipman (President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center); and more.  



Hear from ESPN sports journalist Jemele Hill, Army Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer and 1968 Olympian Dr. Tommie Smith, as they share their experiences on the trials and triumphs of unexpected activism.

This is a key opportunity to hear firsthand how bold citizens within the sports arena use their platforms to tackle today’s most pressing civil and human rights concerns.



Pellom McDaniels, the curator of the African American collections in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University spoke to Reitzes about the contributions of African Americans to fighting World War I.


Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press presents a new podcast series commemorating the centennial of the United States entering World War One.  This podcast features:
Susan R. Grayzel (SG)
Pellom McDaniels III, Ph.D. (PM)
Tammy Proctor (TP)
Thomas Zeiler (TZ)

A Conversation with Camille Billops and James V. Hatch

As artists, activists, and collectors, Billops and Hatch have been raising hell for more than 50 years—elevating public consciousness around “isms” that have shaped American culture, politics, and identities. Since 2002 the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library has been home to the comprehensive collection—playscripts, photographs, works of art, and more—of these two leading stewards of African American history.

More Than Gold

More Than Gold features interviews with three members of the U.S. team who competed in the 1936 Olympics, Adolph Kiefer (gold medalist, 100-meter backstroke), Iris Cummings Critchell (200-meter breaststroke) and John Lysak (doubles canoe), as well as 1948 U.S. Olympic team member Herbert Douglas, Jr. (bronze medalist, long jump). Historians David Clay Large and Pellom McDaniells III spotlight Owens’ continuing legacy and the historical context of the Games, in particular how Owens’ victories dis

Considering the Potential of the Archives

This panel will investigate the range of archival collections housed at colleges or universities that reveal new, overlooked art histories or expand our knowledge of African American artists and art practice. In addition to sharing select artifacts, presenters should briefly speak to the accessibility of collections as well digitization possibilities.


After nearly 120 years, jockey Issac Burns Murphy's winning record is still the highest in American horse racing history.  Though he won three Kentucky Derbies and set numerous records throughout his career, Murphy had to deal with the harsh reality of being black in the still deeply segregated South.

On this edition of Up to Date Pellom McDaniels III talks with Steve Kraske about his new biography of "The Prince of Jockeys" whose life and career spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.


The Prince of Jockeys: Isaac Burns Murphy

Dr. Pellom McDaniels III will be attending Foo Foo Fest 2015 to present “Isaac Murphy: The Prince of Jockeys,” a lecture about one of the most dynamic and historic racing jockeys of the late 19th Century, achieving a winning average of more than 34 percent. Isaac Murphy was one of the most successful jockeys of his time, becoming the first African American to own a racehorse.