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.

We will be continuing our Mississippi Freedom Project this Summer to travel to the Mississippi Delta for our annual fieldwork trip July 15th – 22nd. 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. This year, students participating in our fieldwork trip will engage in the following projects:

  • Conducting interviews in Gadsden County and Tallahassee
  • Conducting interviews with Equal Justice Initiative Staff
  • Tour Legacy Museum & Lynching Memorial
  • Conducting interviews at the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Day of Service at Colored Cemetery
  • Participating in a Civil Rights Panel

For more information about the trip, check out, http://oral.history.ufl.edu/projects/mfp/ or contact the project coordinator, Nicole Yapp, at nyapp@ufl.edu.

Fieldwork Goals:

  • Conduct oral history fieldwork with community members and former civil rights activists
  • Engage in scholarship about grassroots freedom movements
  • Involvement in a public panel
  • Participate in service day activities with community organizations

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 general public than ever. We have conducted community-based oral history workshops with churches, businesses, university classes, veteran’s groups, African American history museums, Native American nations and much more. Thanks in large part to your generosity we have been able to provide logistical support for social-justice research projects throughout the Americas and we provided transformative and life-changing educational opportunities for hundreds of students.

In the summer of 2017 we embarked upon our 10th annual field work trip to the Mississippi Delta. In addition to interviewing legendary civil rights organizers, our team performed a day of service at the Emmett Till Museum in Glendora and sponsored public educational forums on bringing civil rights education to K-12 students in Mississippi and the South generally. Teaching students how to learn outside of the classroom is one of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s specialties. From the moment when our founder Dr. Samuel Proctor trained a cohort of graduate students to conduct oral history interviews with Native Americans in Florida, North Carolina and Alabama in the early 1970s, SPOHP’s mission has been to promote experiential learning, civic engagement, and history outside of the box—and outside of the campus. In an era of “fake news” we train interns how to conduct rigorous research. In a time of polarized debates, we show students how to listen carefully—especially to people who share diverse opinions—and we engage students in learning the age-old art of conversation. When we return from the field, we teach students the art of digital video and audio production which gives them the ability to create podcasts and documentaries on important social issues that have gained broad audiences.

Of course, none of this is possible without your support. If you like what you read in this newsletter, I hope that you will join me in helping us celebrate the 50 th year of SPOHP by making a tax-deductible donation to help sustain the work of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. In addition, if you have a friend or family member who may be so inclined, please pass this newsletter along to them. Finally, I hope that you will visit or phone us sometime in the New Year. Our students, staff and volunteers treasure the opportunity to personally share their experiences with members of the Proctor Program Family! Thank you as always for your consideration and your support.

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Paul Ortiz

Check out our year-end journal here. 

 

 

 

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Presentation

Ustler Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

3:00 PM

On Wednesday the 27th the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will host a panel of students to discuss their experience interviewing in Mississippi. This panel celebrates SPOHP’s 10th year of sending students out to the Mississippi Delta region to interview those involved in the Black freedom struggle and the Civil Rights movement. Students interviewed people as diverse as a leader of a hot rod club that secretly helped people escape from the KKK, Congressman John Lewis, and the first Black nurse practitioner in Mississippi. They also met with the descendants of plantation aristocracy who are going to allow UF to scan their family’s slave ledger that they have never shown before.

The event will also be live-streamed via our Facebook page.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend or tune in!

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on going projects. Visitors can expect to enjoy refreshments as they learn about SPOHP’s fieldwork, internships, and volunteer opportunities as well as our many upcoming public programs and experiential learning opportunities.

MCDA is proud to present: Anti-Racism Education Week.
Come join us as we engage in an event series on anti-racism education, self-care, and education on the first amendment. This is a great opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and peers on how to challenge racism and bigotry on our campus and in our community.

TUESDAY 9/5: “Café con Self-Care: An interactive Panel Discussion on how to take care of ourselves in times of crisis”
5:30-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-sponsors: GatorWell, Counseling and Wellness Center

WEDNESDAY 9/6: “Our Collective Responsibility: What can we do to challenge racism on our campus and in our community?”
5:30-7pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: STARR (Students Taking Action Against Racism), Student Government, UF Hillel

THURSDAY 9/7: “Origins of Totalitarianism” Lecture by Dr. Paul Ortiz and post-lecture discussion
6pm-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: UF Hillel, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

FRIDAY 9/8: “A Conversation on the First Amendment”
5pm-6:30pm, Rion Ballroom

An event by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Co-sponsored by: Multicultural DIversity Affairs, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (Levin College of Law).

Print and/or share MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week program flier below:

With the help of coordinators Raja Rahim and Ryan Thompson, the Spring 2017 interns produced podcasts about Civic Engagement at the University of Florida.

University of Florida Digital Collections Archive

To date, 90+ oral history podcast pieces are available on the University of Florida’s Digital Collections website, including final projects for internship classes, as well as the original SPOHP podcast series Safe Spaces, The Gainesville 8 and Ottoman Greeks of the US. Browse the following highlights for more information, and visit the UFDC to download the many available series and student pieces.

To access information about individual episodes and pieces, scroll through the UFDC collection. Podcast pieces below are from the Spring 2017 internship class. All segment from this collection are 20 minutes or less to facilitate easy access to local history for students, teachers, and the general public.

 

Inclusion at the University of Florida (created by Ebony Love) 18:56

What kind of students, faculty, and staff members are here? If we are looking at 2016 alone, only 3,245 Black students enrolled at the University of Florida out of a headcount of 54,854 students. That means a little less than 6 percent of students at the University of Florida identify as Black, according to the Office of Institutional Planning and Research. When we expand this exploration to Black faculty members, of the 4,392 full time faculty members, only 191, or 4 percent identify as Black. Why is this a problem? According to the census, the demographics for the state of Florida show that 16.8 percent of the population is Black. In other words, the student and full time faculty demographics of UF are nowhere near being representative of the state of Florida in its numbers. The question now becomes how does the University of Florida uphold its mission of being a “diverse community” if it is not even representative of the state of Florida?

 

That Great Ol’ American Dream (created by Susan Atkinson) 19:59

Dr. Adejumo’s success stemmed from his proactive decisions in combination with the strong support of Black mentors and networks. But it is important to remember that one man’s experience does not represent the whole. Injustice towards minority groups is still prevalent in our society and at our university. We need to be aware of our history, the good and the bad. We must acknowledge past achievements and struggles and use them as footholds for progressing activism. Despite the current turmoil, Dr. Adejumo has a grand vision for the future of UF.

 

Race Relations at UF and Beyond (created by Brenda W. Stroud) 18:14

The University of Florida is listed among the top 20 colleges in the Nation. They are ranked #1 in Florida by USA Today. Still, trying to prove themselves demographically as a diverse and welcoming campus for both faculty and students, remains a challenge. I sat down with Tamarra Jenkins, Office Manager at the University’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, to discuss these ongoing struggles.

 

Dodged a Lot of Bullets (created by Sidney St. Cyr) 11:12

Camilo Reina-Munoz has had quite the journey that has led him to Gainesville, the center of the GatorNation. Reina Munoz’s journey started in Bogata, Colombia, due to guerilla warfare. He and his family went to Boston when he was nine months old and traveled along the East coast.

 

My Former Teaching Assistant Toye (created by Margaret Clarke) 9:33

As a student in one of Toyes classes I just assumed that he lived a life that was far more difficult then my own because he is from Nigeria and I am from America, because he walks down the street and people see a Black man while I walk down the street and no one thinks much. I assumed that he had to deal with prejudice and micro-aggresions that I could never understand and while that all this is true to Toyes experience, I underestimated his attitude and gratefulness to be here at the University of Florida.

 

A Humanity Thing (created by Peggy Dellinger) 36:52

Latino, gay, first-generation college graduate – how queerness and education influenced his decision to research and work with rural queer youth and why it’s important that academics volunteer or otherwise work with the populations they study outside academia.

 

“I’m Not A Juvenile Diliquent” (created by Hope Saunders) 13:00

Sidney has a great interest in sports and would like to go on to become a sports commentator if possible. However, he has been discouraged many times by others who claim he is not cut out to do that. Sidney compares himself to Mike Wazowski of Monsters Inc, a character who struggles to fit into career stereotypes.

 

 

The Fall 2017 Internship Application is now open!  SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history.

The Fall 2017 Social Justice Initiatives internship offers a space for students to pursue their own interests in social justice research through training and mentoring in oral history and digital humanities methodologies. Interns may develop skills in interviewing and fieldwork methods; Transcription and interview processing; Podcasting and audio editing; Social media and event promotion; Short documentaries and video editing; Public and community engagement. Final projects involve conducting one or more oral history interviews and creating digital presentation for the public.

For more information, contact the Internship Graduate Coordinator Raja Rahim. Applications are due by May 1st, 2017. Please email applications to Raja Rahim or deliver to SPOHP offices, Pugh Hall 241.