From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History


The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida is pleased to announce a national 3-day event on African American history, and would like to extend an invitation to students and scholars from other universities and community organizations to attend this event. The symposium will feature outstanding panels, films, exhibits, and lectures on African American history in university, community, and activist settings. The program will be free and open to the public. Please save these dates and plan to join us for this momentum event.



Event Begins:     Thursday, March 21, 2019, 9:00 am


Event Ends:        Saturday, March 23rd, 3:00 pm


Event Location:   Building to be announced

                            University of Florida campus, Gainesville, Florida


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Curtis Austin, University of Oregon


Other Speakers:  Dr. Larry Rivers, Florida A&M University

                             Dr. Derrick White, Dartmouth University

                             Evelyn Foxx, President, Alachua County NAACP

                             James Brown, grandson of Oscar Mack


Presentations by community groups and organizations include:


                            Civil Rights in Black and Brown, Texas Christian University

                            Virtual Rosewood Research Project

                            Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center

                            Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

                            UF Historic St. Augustine


From our Director:

The year 2019 marks the 10thanniversary of the African American History Project at the University of Florida. Funded by the UF Office of the Provost, this research initiative has resulted in over twenty-five public history programs on Black history, university seminars on African American studies, and scores of community-based oral history workshops across the country. The new collection includes over six hundred oral histories with African American elders in Florida telling stories of family memories of slavery, resistance to segregation, the coming of the modern civil rights movement and narratives of Black and Latinx intersectionality among many other topics.


This symposium marks the formal opening of the Joel Buchanan African American Oral History Archive at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers. Joel Buchanan (1948-2014) was a beloved civil rights activist, historian and librarian in Gainesville and at the University of Florida. Joel was an indispensable member of the community, a tireless speaker who gave countless lectures and informal talks to elementary, high school and college students about the histories of segregation, the civil rights movement, and Gainesville. In all of these presentations, Joel used history to share his dreams of a better future for all. Joel was a loving and beautiful man, generous with his time and always willing to share his insights on history. Joel guided generations of high school, college and university students in the completion of their seminar papers, senior theses and dissertations.


In 2008, Joel Buchanan played a critical role in the creation of the African American History Project at the University of Florida. To honor Joel’s legacy and to celebrate this historic occasion, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is hosting a three-day symposium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 21-23 March 2019. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community leaders to discuss the latest trends in African American history from K-12 to higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to view and to listen to films, podcasts and panelists. The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors. — Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director