After headlining the 2018 UF Social Justice Summit this past January Voices from the March will be traveling to California this April to perform at the Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference, hosted at California State University, Fullerton!

Please help us raise money to assist in covering the travel and lodging costs for our cast. We have been working so hard to bring this project to life, but we still need your support to share our work. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Donate here!

The play is primarily based on interviews collected during last year’s presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, as well as the experiences of UF students who lead this project.  Our cast features some of the students who traveled to Washington, D.C., performing alongside other students who assist in bringing their various interviews to life. But, like our wonderful director Jeffrey Pufahl has said, “This is more than taking a play to LA, it’s about students defining who they are to the world!”

Donating to this fundraiser means that you are not only supporting this play, but you are also supporting student research and activism that is desperately needed in today’s world. This play empowers students to embrace their experiences, to use their voices in telling stories that need to be heard, and to engage in action and activism through the arts.

Our cast members hail from different corners of the UF community with varying degrees of experience performing in live theatre, making this trip to LA all the more special!

Interested in learning more about our play? Check out this article!  Watch this video! ‌

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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. 




We wanted to share a sheet that the directors of the IC-Race (Immigration, Critical Race and Cultural Equity) Lab at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drs. Nayeli Y. Chavez- Dueñas and Hector Y. Adames developed, “Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA A Toolkit For DREAMers.” Please share widely with anyone who may benefit from this toolkit; the mental health of DREAMers matters.

Click here for access to this document.

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.

Between 1900 and 2011, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys served as a state reform school and detention center in Marianna, Florida. Behind its brick walls those in charge committed unspeakable acts of abuse, rape, torture and even murder of the boys over the years. Though rumors of abuse swirled for decades, it wasn’t until University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Professor Erin Kimmerle began investigating the campus that the extent of the abuse was revealed, including remains of 51 bodies – 20 more than was officially stated in a 2008 investigation.

Kimmerle will participate in a panel discussion of this horrific case at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, along with journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, UF Law Professor Darren Hutchinson and UF History Professor Paul Ortiz.

“Death at Dozier: Unearthing, Remedying, and Preventing Human Tragedies” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in UF Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. The event is free and open to the public and the discussion will include an audience Q&A.

Montgomery, a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, covered the Dozier saga in detail after learning about the work Kimmerle was doing to investigate and excavate the recently closed school.  His in-depth and award-winning reporting illuminated the issue for many and allowed the victims to tell their tragic stories.

Hutchinson, who teaches constitutional law and civil rights, organized the conference. Hutchinson said he believes law students should be exposed to complex social problems such as this one that implicate issues from social sciences, humanities, law and other disciplines. Hutchinson also said he hopes that this program will encourage students to use their professional training to solve and remedy the pervasive and systematic social problems that exist in the world today.

Ortiz is the Director of the Samuel Proctor History Program at UF. Ortiz’s research analyzes violent human tragedies in Florida and other parts of the Southeast. Ortiz is immensely qualified to place the Dozier school tragedy within the broader historical context of economic and racial injustice within the state of Florida.

For more background on the Dozier School and its tragic past, read Montgomery’s award-winning investigative series, “For Their Own Good,” at the Tampa Bay Times website>.

The webcast of “Death at Dozier” can be viewed here>.

This panel is part of the ongoing Conversations Across the Curriculum series at UF Law, which seeks to bring speakers to campus to engage the faculty and students in a dialogue about issues of interests that cut across many disciplines. Last year’s inaugural installment featured Judge Vaughn Walker, the trial judge for the landmark California same-sex marriage decision in Perry v. Brown.


February 4, 2016

Darren Hutchinson, Professor of Law; Stephen C. O’Connell Chair

The Pleasant Street Historic Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting the history of the Pleasant Street neighborhood and African American history in Alachua County. The PSHS is raising money to rehabilitate and re-use the Smith-Griffin House as an exhibit museum for Black History.

On March 6, PSHS will host the annual Claronelle Smith Distinguished Speaker Banquet and fundraiser. The event will feature speaker Dr. David Jackson, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College at FAMU.

Dr. Jackson has a Masters in Applied Social Sciences and Public Administration and a Doctorate of Philosophy in History. Dr. Jackson is recognized as “one of Florida A&M University’s most published professors,” and has published over three dozen scholarly articles, book chapters, short essays, and book reviews.

For more information please visit the Pleasant Street Historic Society Facebook page.

Pleasant Street holds a rich heritage as a cultural and social center dating to the first years after Gainesville’s founding.  The neighborhood grew following the Civil War when emancipated African Americans relocated to Gainesville and established the neighborhood’s many churches, businesses, and homes.


Today, Pleasant Street is one of Gainesville’s five historic districts.  Its diverse population includes people from all walks of life and backgrounds.  Neighbors include lifetime residents, young families, college students and professionals.


The neighborhood is home to the Santa Fe Community College Blount Center and many locally owned businesses.  Downtown Gainesville and the University of Florida are only a short walk away.
-Pleasant Street Historic Society

Photo from the Pleasant Street Historic Society.

Each fall, Witness for Peace Southeast organizes a tour with a Latin American speaker who is personally affected by US policies and corporate practices in their home country. This year we are proud to have Nadín Reyes Maldonado speak at the Civic Media Center at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 10th. Come and learn of the impacts of U.S. policy on Mexico’s Drug War. Learn what YOU can do to protect the lives and human rights of everyday Mexicans affected by this situation.

Join the Institute of Black Culture, Institute of Hispanic and Latino Cultures, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program for a thought-provoking discussion on relationships between African Americans and Latinx communities. The century between the 1820s and 1920s was an era of near-constant warfare, imperialism and a resurgence of racism. How did African Americans and people in Latin America imagine and describe each other’s struggles against white supremacy and colonialism? How can we borrow from the wisdom of figures such as José Martí, Ida B. Wells, and Frederick Douglass to create meaningful dialogues on interracial solidarity in the age of Mass Deportation & Black Lives Matter?

The lecture will feature Dr. Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, on September 24. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Hall 170. RSVP to the Facebook event today!

Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter and a powerful activist, author, educator, orator, and motivational speaker, will present about her recent memoir, “Growing Up X,” on September 28 at the Pugh Hall Ocora. The event will begin at 3 p.m., and the African American Studies Program will host a reception for her preceding the discussion at 2 p.m. Shabazz will sign copies of her book, “X: A Novel,” after her lecture.

Shabazz’s book discusses Malcolm X’s childhood and “follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.” Contact Dr. Sharon Austin  for details.

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Shabazz will also speak on September 27 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters on Main Street at 2:30 p.m. 

From Publishers Weekly:

One of Malcolm X’s six daughters, Shabazz was two when he was assassinated in February 1965. The bulk of the book covers the day-to-day specifics of Shabazz’s childhood and adolescence as a middle-class African-American Muslim girl, punctuated by small brushes with her parents’ past. Malcolm X is justifiably sentimentalized via the fragmentary memories and second-hand stories of Shabazz’s childhood perspective (including a visit to the soon-to-be Muhammad Ali’s training camp). Shabazz’s mother, Dr. Betty Shabazz, eventually a professor of health administration at Medgar Evers College, is a constant presence in the book; “Mommy” shepherds Ilyasah and the other girls through school, and herself through graduate work, with “amazing strength and perseverance.” Ilyasah’s often ordinary existence is rendered in unadorned prose (to the point of listing teachers she had in various schools or chronicling a standoff with neighborhood girls), and her insights into herself and those around her can be cursory (a rape is covered in two pages) if honestly rendered. Shabazz is working on a book about her parents, which may explain why it sometimes feels like anecdotes and information are being held back. By the time Ilyasah comes to a more nuanced understanding of her identity as the daughter of Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz is killed by a fire set by one of Ilyasah’s nephews in 1997. The book ends there, with exhortations that “Life is not a destination; it is a journey.”

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