As part of its ongoing commitment to Black colleges, Denny’s Inc. announced a major partnership with Getty Imagesa leading global visual content creator and marketplace, to help preserve the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Thanks to this partnership, Denny’s provide stipends to HBCU students who have been selected as recipients of the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUsa program that aims to support the digitization of HBCUs’ invaluable visual history, according to a press release Release.
Students will work alongside the Getty Images team and historians and archivists from each HBCU to research, digitize and restore these valuable archives. The first grant recipients are Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina, Jackson State University, Jackson, miss.and Prairie View A&M University, View of the Prairies, Texas. Over 100,000 photos will be available for licensing in the “Collection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” on gettyimages.com. Getty Images plans to work with other HBCUs in the future.
During this year Martha’s Vineyard African American Film FestivalTo take place August 5 to 13Denny’s and Getty Images will officially launch their partnership at a sponsored panel, moderated by Minor KeijaCEO, Ebony mediaTo take place 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., August 8. Panel participants will understand Brenda Lauderbackchairman of the board of directors of Denny, Cassandra IllidgeVice President of Global Partnerships and Executive Director of the HBCU Grants Program at Getty Images, and Thomas K. HudsonJD, President of Jackson State University.
“This project is very much in line with Denny’s longstanding commitment to HBCUs,” Lauderback said.
“We know that preserving these images and supporting students is one of the ways we invest in our country’s future leaders.”
April Kelly Drummond, Denny’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, added, “HBCUs have been – and always will be an essential part of this nation’s history. This is a very exciting opportunity to preserve the rich heritage of these colleges.
Cassandra Illidge, Getty Images said, “We look forward to working with Denny’s on this groundbreaking project. This grant was created to support the work that all HBCUs have done to preserve their photographic archives. Denny’s has supported HBCUs for several years, it is a pleasure to have Denny’s join the HBCU grant program as a partner to support students and provide them with the opportunity to see a potential new career path.
The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs was created to honor the legacy and history of HBCUs and their contribution to American history. In partnership with the Getty family and Stand togethera philanthropic community tackling some of the greatest challenges of our time, grants engage $500,000 towards the digitization of the HBCU photographic archives.
HBCUs retain full copyright and original photos will remain with HBCUs after scanning, along with newly scanned photos. Getty Images will represent digitized photos, providing a new source of revenue for HBCU grant recipients, as well as scholarships and funding stipends for students attending HBCUs.