“Events mark acquisition; UF celebrates Stetson Kennedy’s work” The Gainesville Sun, by Jeff Schweers, October 23, 2013.

On October 22, 2013, a symposium of events celebrated the donation of Stetson Kennedy’s papers to the University of Florida. At 6:00 p.m., a panel event featuring Dr. Marvin Dunn, Lucy Anne Hurston, and Dr. Peggy Bulger discussed the legacy of his legendary activism in Florida today. The panel was moderated by Ben Brotelmarke and included blues music from Willie Green and an introduction from UF First Lady Chris Machen.


The Gainesville Sun‘s coverage of the Stetson Foundation’s donation also featured a video of Willie Green playing the blues and a photo gallery of the evening’s events.

“UF Oral History Program Digs Deep in the Delta” from the Groundswell Blog, October 4, 2013.

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change is a dynamic, active network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers, and documentary artists who are using oral history and narrative in creative, effective and ethical ways to support movement building and transformative social change.  Groundswell recently featured the Mississippi Freedom Project’s annual research trip on their blog, in a post by SPOHP’s Sarah Blanc and featuring photos from AAHP Graduate Coordinator Justin Dunnavant.

Whether your interviewee is an elderly, impoverished black woman who lived most of her life as a sharecropper, or an elderly, wealthy white man who is determined to convince you that “the race problem is over down here,” the students understand the ‘slow and respectful work’ required to set the record straight.

-Groundswell, Oct. 2013


“Congratulations to Falana McDaniel and the Samuel Proctor Program” from the McComb Legacies Project Blog, October 10, 2013.

In 2012 and 2013, the McComb Legacies Project from McComb High School in Mississippi joined the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program on its annual Mississippi Freedom Project Research Trip. Last year’s Legacies Project coordinator, Falana McDaniel, will be  awarded the Martha Ross Teaching Award by the Oral History Association at the organization’s annual conference this weekend. SPOHP is also receiving the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi “Voice of the People” Award by the Oral History Association. The McComb Legacies Project extends its congratulations to Ms. McDaniel and partner organization the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in a press release published on October 10.

‘“The cool guys in Gloucester, the cool girls in Mathews”: Oral History Reveals Courtship Strategies of Gloucester Youth in the 1940s and 50s’ from the Fairfield Foundation.

In August, The Fairfield Foundation wrapped up interviews for an oral history project directed by University of Florida graduate student and SPOHP Graduate Coordinator Jessica Taylor, aimed at recording oral histories about the Edge Hill Service Station and Gloucester’s Main Street community. What struck Jessica as a common thread through many of the interviews was the interplay between the spread of automobiles within the community and beyond and the social experiences of Gloucester’s youth. In the following guest blog, Jessica shares with us some amusing and heartwarming moments from the interviews, as well as her thoughts about the influence of cars on the intricacies of courtship in Gloucester County.


Gainesville 8 Reunion Brings Recollections, No Regrets,” The Gainesville Sun, by Ron Cunningham, September 8, 2013.

August 31, 2013 marked the fortieth anniversary of the acquittal of eight Vietnam veterans, the “Gainesville 8,” indicted for conspiracy to violently disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. A reunion of the activist veterans, lawyers, and family of jury members associated with the historic trial gathered over the weekend of August 31 to remember events surrounding the wrongful prosecution of eight veterans and record oral histories of their memories with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

See also, “The Gainesville 8 and a Nixonized World,” on WashingtonsBlog.com by David Swanson on August 23, 2013.

“The evidence will show that the seven of us who went to Vietnam spent a total of 111 months over there, received 57 medals and citations, and were all honorably discharged.  The evidence will also show that we threw our medals away out of shame, because we knew that what they stood for was wrong.  For myself, the throwing away of the medals I once cherished was the cutting of the umbilical cord between myself and the government lies, such as, ‘We are helping the people of Vietnam…’”
-Vietnam Veteran Scott Camil, at the opening of his trial in 1972

See photos and read SPOHP’s press release for the event, “August 31, 2013, Gainesville 8 Reunion Celebrates Acquittal of Anti-War Activist Veterans on 40th Anniversary.”

The 1973 trial and Gainesville’s role in the peace movement gained national attention when charges were filed against eight activist veterans organizing through Vietnam Veterans Against the War, John Briggs, Scott Camil, Alton Foss, John Kniffin, Peter Mahoney, Stanley Michelson, William Patterson, and Don Perdue. They were acquitted of all charges in 1973.

Tananarive Due, daughter of civil rights activists Patricia Stephens Due and John Due, remembers the March on Washington from her parents’ stories. USA Today interviewed Tananarive about the event on August 19.

Patricia Stephens Due, together with her husband John Due, presented a public program “An Evening with the Dues: Pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement” with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida in February 2011. In 1960, Patricia Stephens Due and five other students from Florida A&M University made history when they chose a jail cell rather than paying a fine for sitting at a “Whites Only” lunch counter in Tallahassee, Florida. The 49 days Due served in jail represented the first “jail-in” of the Civil Rights Movement, and the beginning of her lifelong fight for human and civil rights in America. John D. Due, Jr. is a prominent civil rights attorney who was selected by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to serve as Field Secretary for the organization’s first voter education and registration project in North Florida. Due’s work in Florida registered more African Americans to vote than another region in the South.

Tananarive Due and her father John Due worked with SPOHP in McComb, Mississippi in February for the McComb Legacies Project student-led conference documentary premiere. John Due also travels with SPOHP on our Mississippi Freedom Project research trip to teach students about civil rights history.

John Due is an interviewee in MFP-109 and MFP-113 (Mississippi Freedom Project), and WAF-020 (Women Activist Feminists) at SPOHP.

Read the full article: USA Today, “Tananarive Due’s parents left her civil rights lessons,” by Steph Solis August 19, 2013. Tananarive Due is a professor at Spelman College, where she is the Cosby Chair in the Humanities. Visit her website.