Mar 17th 2022

Archivist Skyla Hearn and SSCAC Public Engagement lead zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal kick off our Women’s Month and 3831/VOICES series to engage in an informal conversation that traverses Skyla Hearn’s archiving practice, their intersecting connections to Black women arts workers and SSCAC, and the influences that help sustain them in their work.


Grab a cup of tea – or wine, and join us! All attendees are welcome to join in on the conversation, so come ready to talk!



Skyla Hearn is a proud Chicagoan (South Side) by way of Mississippi. As an archivist, liberatory memory and cultural worker Skyla is most concerned with supporting a community’s attempt to understand,  document and share its own history, particularly those aspects that have not been well  recorded. Skyla’s passion and dedication towards the creation, management, preservation and accessibility  of archives, with particular focus on BIPOC LGBTQIA+ collections, ephemeral  materials, knowledge development, and social justice has provided her with unique opportunities to  work with diverse individuals, communities and repositories at various capacities  nationally and internationally.
Skyla is also co-founder of The  Blackivists, a collective of trained Black memory workers who provide expertise on  archiving and preservation practices to communities in the Chicago land area; and the inaugural Manager of Archives for Cook County Government under the  Offices of the President of the Board of Commissioners.
As a legacy keeper, she recently (March 2021) co-edited the zine publication Our Girl Tuesday: An Unfurling for Dr. Margaret T.G. Burroughs  alongside  Sarah Ross and Tempestt Hazel with an introduction by Mariame Kaba, published by Sojourners for Justice Press. 

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