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Help Create The Black History Augmented Reality App

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Retha Hill

NABJ member Retha Hill needs your help.  Last June, she was among four women who won a $12,000 grant from the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative to fund ideas.

Hill, currently director of the New Media Innovation Lab at Arizona State University, received funding for her Black History Augmented Reality app, which will layer data over real life at historical spots in six cities: Atlanta; Chicago; Detroit; Birmingham; Harlem; and the rest of Manhattan.  “Imagine pointing your mobile phone at a Washington, D.C., landmark and reading about its relevance in African-American history,” she wrote in her grant proposal.

But now Hill needs help to make her proposal a reality.  She’s looking for people who can provide content for the app.  She also needs at least 50 originally written records for each city, and she is paying people for their help.  She needs at least 40 records for smaller cities and 50+ for the larger ones.  She’s on a tight deadline, so she needs records by the end of February.

Each entry has to have:

  • Name
  • Short description
  • Latitude and Longitude (this is critical because all items have to have a corresponding geo-point). It is easy, just put in an address or intersection and city, state name into this map and copy the geocoordinates into the spreadsheet:
  • Longer description
  • Wikimedia Commons or other Commons licensing art if applicable and photo name (plus a zip file of all the photos downloaded)
  • YouTube video if applicable (ex: Mahalia Jackson performing at a funeral or Bojangles Robinson dancing)

See what a sample entry looks like, below.  For more information, please contact Hill at



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