The Daphne Muse Letters Collection: Correspondence Documenting Black History and Culture across the Diaspora (1898-2019)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Daphne Muse

 Department of English, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley History Social Science Project

Daphne Muse is a Bay Area writer, poet, and cultural broker. Her collection of more than 3700 handwritten and typed letters dating back to 1898 resounds with the voices of activists, writers, artists, actors, world leaders, and media innovators who shaped movements, created new artistic visions, and drove the intellectual, philosophical and cultural discourse for civil rights, human rights and liberation for the 20th and the early years of the 21st century.

Muse will discuss examples from the collection, which includes letters from Shirley Graham DuBois, Richard Pryor, The Soledad Brothers/San Quentin Six, Angela Davis and organizers related to her trial, Oprah Winfrey, Founders of SNCC, President Obama, Alice Walker, June Jordan, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among many others.

Co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department and the U.C. Berkeley History Social Science Project. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. If you need any other disability accommodations in order to attend, including communication services, please contact Susan Schweik at