The resource is a direct response to a myriad of requests in 2020 for a directory of Black preservationists and is accessed via the Black in Historic Preservation website. The Black Preservationists Directory, copyrighted by Ms. Whiters and beta test coordinated by Ms. Reed, highlights the contributions of Black people to historic preservation in the US and beyond. The tool is intended to provide ways to expand connections within the field of preservation. The Black Preservationists Directory is a starting point for collaboration and potential work. The Directory is a voluntary database that is populated by individual users submitting their contact information via a Google Site.
Ms. Reed and Ms. Whiters were motivated and inspired by the #BlackInX movement that began in the summer of 2020, with @BlackAFinSTEM on social media and their #BlackBirdersWeek, to form Black in Preservation as a collective of Black preservationist. The group joins a larger collective of @BlackInX entities worldwide in highlighting the contributions of Black people in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM/STEM).
Ms. Reed was recently recognized in The Daily Record's Women Who Lead for her work as a member of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative Advisory Committee.