SPOHP Director Dr. Paul Ortiz is teaching a course this spring on oral history!

This interdisciplinary seminar is an intensive introduction to the
theory and practice of oral history. Students will have access to the
resources of the award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. We
will learn the craft of oral history interviewing and digital
production. We will study the burgeoning impact of oral history in human
rights and racial truth and reconciliation initiatives, social justice
documentaries, digital archives, public museums, other contexts. We will
cover a wide range of debates including the paradox of memory, the role
of nation, class, gender, genocide, and racial inequalities in shaping
memories. Students will be able to use the skills learned in this class
in order to become more effective interviewers, digital producers and
writers in various fields including history, journalism, film, radio, as
well as ethnography. Case studies will include oral history methods in
US, Latin American, European, and African histories and texts.

Dear SPOHP’ers,

Today is a great day in the state of Florida! I’m writing to inform you
that the University of Florida Academic Senate has just voted
unanimously to award Attorney John Due the Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

The faculty voted unanimously in support of the nomination at the UF
Senate meeting today.

The presenters emphasized Mr. Due‘s exceptional work on behalf of human
rights and civil rights broadly, as well as the outstanding role he has
played as a mentor to countless University of Florida students!

For the past twelve years, Mr. Due has spent time with SPOHP MFP
travelers on our way to Mississippi, has visited with us in Gainesville
and he has lectured in many Levin Law seminars. I cannot begin to count
all of the students who have been inspired to become social justice,
immigrant rights, and human rights lawyers after getting the “John Due
Law Lecture.”

As many of you know, the nomination has been a two-year process, and I
am so grateful for the support that I have received from you all along
the way!

I will let you know as we learn more details in the days to come
regarding the doctoral ceremony.

Thank You,

In 2019, the University of Florida’s African American Studies Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The program began in 1969 and selected its first director in 1970. The late Dr. Ronald Foreman was a tireless advocate for the program from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. We will host a number of programs this year and will include information on the website. Please join us as we celebrate the education of individuals about African American life and culture for the last 50 years and our plan to continue doing so in the years to come.

The theme for the year will be “Sankofa: Building Upon the Power of the Past.” The first event will take place on Thursday, January 10th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The title of this event is “Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Using the Power of Spoken Word” and will be held in the Harn Museum Auditorium (3259 Hull Road). Several campus and local community artists will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the power of spoken word poetry.

On Saturday February 2nd at 6pm, the “Herstory” Program will take place at Flavet Field (off of Woodlawn Drive between Museum and Stadium Road). The UF Group, SISTUHS Inc., will provide moral and educational guidance to women through the theatrical presentation of the African-American Woman’s experiences. The event will showcase black women through black art, hair, music, beauty, health, fashion, and overall the Black culture and experience, with the theme “HerRoots, HerVision, HerStory.”

On Wednesday February 13th, a “Women of Color and the Law” panel discussion will take place (room tba) from 3pm-4:30pm. Attorneys Tiffani Lee, Julie Liang, and Jany Martinez-Ward will discuss their experiences as women of color in the legal profession. This event is sponsored through a grant from the Chesterfield Smith Fund at the UF Smathers Library.

On Friday, February 22nd, the annual Dr. Ronald Foreman Lecture will take place with a presentation entitled, “Women of the Black Lives Matter Movement: An Evening with Dr. Stacey Patton and Ms. Lezley McSpadden (Mother of Michael Brown).” This presentation will take place in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Union from 6pm-8pm.

Event Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Saturday, March 23rd

Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida & Locations yet to be decided

Free registration is available by clicking THIS LINK:

2019 marks the 10th anniversary 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, university seminars on African American studies, conference presentations and scores of community-based oral history and Black History workshops across the country. The new collection includes over six hundred oral histories with African American elders in Florida telling stories of memories of slavery, resistance to segregation, anti-black racial violence, 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 Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers worldwide. 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. Joel used history to share his dreams of a better future for all. Joel guided generations of high school, college and university students in the completion of their class projects and dissertations. The naming of this collection is meant to pay homage to Joel Buchanan’s vision of history and social justice.

The symposium will feature panels, films, exhibits, performances, and lectures on many different facets of Black History. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community organizers to discuss how to infuse African American history in K-12, higher education and social justice organizing on a national level.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the role of African American history in classrooms, communities, and civic engagement.

The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida announces:
Contact: Tamarra Jenkins, (352-392-7168).

Organized by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

Sponsored by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, The Richard J. Milbauer Program in Southern History, Department of History, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.


Preliminary Symposium Schedule (subject to change)



Thursday, March 21, 2019




8:00 to 9:00am:                                     REGISTRATION WITH COFFEE

Community Presenters / Posters / Tabling


9:00 to 10:00am:


President Fuchs, University of Florida

Provost Joe Glover, University of Florida

Sharon Austin, Director UF African American Studies

Paul Ortiz, Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


10:00 am:             Conducting the Oral Histories: Challenges, Impacts, Legacies

Featuring SPOHP/UF Alumni: Randi Gill-Sadler, Lafayette College,

Justin Hosbey, Emory University, Justin Dunnavant, UC-Santa Cruz/Vanderbilt

Raja Rahim, University of Florida

Moderated by Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, University of Florida


11:15am:                                                                COFFEE BREAK

                                                                              Book Signings

(Participants’ books will be for sale throughout the event’s proceedings)

11:45am:  The Difference History Makes: Veterans, Classrooms, Community, Museum & Virtually

John Nelson, Jefferson County Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sherry Dupree, Director, UNESCO-Transatlantic Slave Trade, Gayle Phillips, Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine, Curtis Michelson, Democracy Forum, Vivian Filer, Cotton Club Museum, Inc.

Moderated by Paul Ortiz, University of Florida

12:45pm:                                                              LUNCH BREAK


2:30pm:                                                  “Gator Tales” Film Screening

Gator Tales is an original play devised and directed by UF Arts Professor Kevin Marshall

in conjunction with SPOHP. Focusing on the experiences of the first generations of

African American students at UF, the play was nominated for the 2015 Freedom of

Expression Award by Amnesty International at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.


3:30pm:             Comments by: UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel: Evelyn Mickle, Albert White, Bernard Hicks




6:00pm:                                                          Keynote Address:

Curtis Austin, Department of History, University of Oregon

Author of: Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party                                        

               Comments by: Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth University


7:00 to 9:00PM:                                              Dinner Reception


Friday, March 22, 2019


                          LOCATION: GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARY EAST, ROOM 100

8:30am:                                                            MORNING WELCOME WITH COFFEE

Opening Remarks: Dean David Richardson, University of Florida

9:00am:                                                               Remembering Joel Buchanan:

Evelyn Foxx, Alachua County NAACP, Rodney Long, Alachua County Commissioner Emeritus, Bernie Machen, UF President Emeritus, Judith Russell, Smathers Libraries Dean, Steve Noll, Department of History, Marna Weston, Oak Hall School,  Faye Williams, M.A.M.A.’s Club, Family & community members


10: 15am:                                  Unveiling the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

Judith Russell, Stephanie Birch, Laurie Taylor, George Smathers Libraries


11:00am:                                                      COFFEE BREAK with Light Refreshments

Book signings

11:30am:                      History, Intersectionality and Liberation in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Tanya Saunders, University of Florida

Nailah Summers, Dream Defenders

Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University

Moderated by: Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida




                An Afternoon of Student Activism, Ethnic Studies, and Community Building


2:30pm:         “The Making of the Institute of Black Culture at the University of Florida,”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comments by: Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Valdosta State University



Book Signings

4:30pm:              “The Making of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, “La Casita” at UF”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comments by: Nicholas Vargas, University of Florida

Saturday, March 23, 2019


                   LOCATION: A. Quinn Jones Center Auditorium

                               1013 NW. 7th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida


                                            Active Commemorations: Putting Historical Memory to Work

9:00am:                                                                 MORNING WELCOME WITH COFFEE


9:30am:            Ocoee, Florida: One Hundred Years of Accountability and Reconciliation in the Making,

Kathleen Crown, Nichole Dawkins, Mayor Rusty Johnson, William E. Maxwell


Moderated by: Ed Gonzalez-Tennant, University of Central Florida


11:00:                                                                                     COFFEE BREAK

Book Signings



11:30am:          “Legacies of Lincoln High School”

Presentation by Albert White, Lincoln High School Alumnus

Moderated by: Tina Certain, Alachua County School Board Member



                                                                                               LUNCH BREAK


1:30pm:  Documentary Film-in progress:

“Legacies of Lynching: The Odyssey of Oscar Mack in Florida and Beyond,”

Julian Chambliss, Department of History, Michigan State University

                          Comments by: James Brown, Grandson of Oscar Mack & Audience



                                SYMPOSIUM CLOSING REMARKS:


Larry Rivers, Distinguished Professor of History, Florida A & M University


Funded by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the Harn Museum of Art, and the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

For the Spring Semester 2019, SPOHP and African American Studies will be offering a course titled “A Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation.” Students will be able to draw on hundreds of interviews about UF history, as well as correspondence and other documents archived both with SPOHP and with the Smathers Libraries. Students will also conduct interviews with Black and Latinx alumni, faculty, and staff, and may be able to digitize new archival materials from individuals’ private collections.
For spring 2019, there will be particular emphasis on the histories of the Institute of Black Culture (IBC) and Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita). SPOHP is currently producing two documentaries on those houses which will be released in March, and students in this course will create a podcast series that explores particular stories and themes from these histories in greater detail. The founding of the two houses was connected to national and international currents, including the Black Campus Movement, the Chicano Movement, the Puerto Rican movement, and various other student and faculty organizing efforts to establish Ethnic Studies programs and institutes. These histories extend well beyond UF and the state of Florida, speaking directly to issues of diversity and inclusion in U.S. society overall.
Please email Ryan Morinior stop by his office at Pugh 247 for further details.
Course Flyer:

Click this photo for a videotaped version (87 min.) of the 8/28 book talk presented at Smathers Library East by Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of SPOHP, on his recent book: An African and Latinx History of the United States. It was kindly co-sponsored and hosted by the Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection. YouTube link:


The OHA’s Day of Giving last year raised money for scholarships to fund travel to the Annual OHA Conference for those in hurricane-affected areas. With matching funds provided by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, the OHA was able to fund 2 scholarships for travel expenses to the OHA Conference in Montreal, October 10-14. Please see the call below. Deadline to submit: September 15, 2018

Call for Applications:

The Oral History Association announces two travel scholarships for Oral Historians from Areas Affected by Hurricanes in 2017 to attend the OHA Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018.

In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Oral History Association, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida are pleased to announce two $2500 travel awards to those living or working in these affected areas for travel to the Oral History Association Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018. All travel costs to the conference will be reimbursable up to that $2500 mark.

Applications must include a letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work and a letter of support for the application.

For award purposes, we define those affected by these hurricanes to include any area damaged by high water (either from rain or from opening up reservoirs), be they individual structures, waterways, streets, or entire neighborhoods. We are looking to fund people whose particular projects fits into a more comprehensive attempt at recording or researching any of these catastrophic hurricanes.

Apply here!

Applications are due on September 15, 2018, and winners will be announced by September 30, 2018.  To submit an application: Please include a one-page letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work, and a letter of support for the application. Please combine your entire application into ONE PDF document and email it by September 15, 2018. 

Our students just got back from another successful and exciting trip doing oral history fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta as part of our Mississippi Freedom Project!

The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) is an award-winning archive of 200+ oral history interviews conducted with veterans of the civil rights movement and notable residents of the Mississippi Delta. The collection centers on activism and organizing in partnership with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization in Sunflower, Mississippi.

As we work diligently on our documentary project on the history of Institute of Black Culture and Institute of Hispanic and Latino Affairs, today we commemorate the one-year anniversary of Black and Brown Wednesday, a historical moment at the University of Florida.

On July 12, 2017, No La IBCita and their supporters, protested the proposal made by the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Department (MCDA), to structurally merge the Institute of Black Culture (IBC) and Institute of Hispanic and Latino Cultures (IHLC), La Casita, into one building. Black and Brown Wednesday is in the spirit of the continued resistance as demonstrated by people’s movements like the national Black Campus Movements, and movements that build from that legacy.

The efforts of the No La IBCita Movement produced gains, one of which led to stopping the merging of the buildings, and in turn, stopped an action that would have resulted in the erasure of history, and the homogenization of culture. However, the movement was also successful in that it has created a lasting impact and the opportunity to continue to build from these efforts. Stay tuned this week, as we commemorate NoLaIBCita’s anniversary of Freedom Friday on July 20th, by highlighting the harvests and lasting contributions that have resulted from the movement!

Posted by Chad Adonis on Wednesday, July 12, 2017