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Laura Dixie: Remembering a ‘Mother of the Movement’

Published: Dec 18th, 2017

Laura Mae Dixie, known as “the Mother of the Movement in Tallahassee, Florida,” passed away last month at the age of 92. Her life is a testament to the oft-forgotten… Read More

Our Year-End Journal is Available Now

Published: Dec 15th, 2017

Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the… Read More

50th Anniversary of the Attack on the USS Liberty

Published: May 22nd, 2017

On June 8th, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack on and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a U.S. Flag in… Read More

A Tribute to Frank Towers

Published: Jul 11th, 2016

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program had the privilege of getting to know Frank Towers as one of our narrators in our valuable Veterans History Project. Over the years we… Read More

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom Teacher

Published: Jun 23rd, 2015

Ms. Margaret Block, lifelong civil rights activist, teacher, and friend, passed away in June 2015. Her efforts to organize, agitate, and educate for social justice inspired men and women across the country… Read More

Remembering Janos Zsigmond Shoemyen

Published: Dec 19th, 2014

Janos Zsigmond Shoemyen, 93, died December 7, 2014, at his home in Alachua, FL. Shoemyen was a noted writer, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He worked in the publications department of… Read More

Civil rights icon the Rev. T.A. Wright dies at 94

Published: Dec 11th, 2014

Local civil rights leader Reverend Thomas A. Wright died Tuesday. He was 94. Reverend Wright was the pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Gainesville. Read more from The Gainesville… Read More

Remembering Dr. Hernán Vera, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Published: Dec 2nd, 2014

A native of Chile, Dr. Hernán Vera, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, passed away last week. He was a prolific scholar in research spanning a range of topics, including race and ethnic… Read More

Remembering Dr. Seymour S. Block, UF Chemical Engineering

Published: Aug 14th, 2014

Dr. Block’s life and work at the University of Florida is remembered in the Gainesville Sun. His oral histories at SPOHP archives are in GHS 062 (1971) and UF 346 (2014).

Joel Buchanan, A Giant of Florida Human Rights, History and Storytelling  

Published: May 29th, 2014

Joseph “Joel” Marcus Buchanan, a longtime educator and local legend for his work in preserving black history in Gainesville, died Sunday at UF Health Shands Hospital after going into cardiac… Read More