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From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: Symposium Registration and Schedule March 21-23, 2019


Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Locations: George A. Smathers Libraries, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, A. Quinn Jones Center, 1108 NW 7th Ave, Gainesville, Florida.

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 momentous event.

Live Stream for the Symposium:

Free REGISTRATION is available.

Symposium Flyer

Contact: Tamarra Jenkins , (352) 392-7168or

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, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations,  Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), College of Journalism and Communications, College of Education, 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 Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, UF Student Government, Oak Hall School Civil Rights Symposium; Lincoln High School Alumni Association, UF Book Store.

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

Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida & Locations TBD

Description: 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the African American History Project at the University of Florida. Funded primarily by the UF Office of the Provost, this research initiative has resulted in over thirty public history panels and programs, ten university seminars on African American studies, scores of student conference presentations and 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 unite audience members, 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 noted authors signing their books.

Preliminary Symposium schedule:

Thursday, March 21, 2019



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


9:00 to 10:00am:   OPENING REMARKS

President Fuchs, University of Florida

Provost Joe Glover, University of Florida

Reda Buchanan

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 Paul Ortiz, University of Florida

11:15am:                       Coffee Break

                                        Book Signings

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

11:45 am:   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:       BREAK FOR LUNCH

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:   Comment: UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel: Evelyn Mickle, Albert White, Bernard Hicks


Keynote Address:

Curtis Austin, Department of History, University of Oregon

The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and Revolution in America                                    

Comment: Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth College

7:00 to 9:00pm:  Dinner Reception

Friday, March 22, 2019


8:30am:    Morning Welcome/ Coffee

Opening Remarks: Dean David Richardson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

9:00am:    Remembering Joel Buchanan

                         Reda Buchanan & Family

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/Light Refreshments

Book signings

11:30am:  “History Now: Black Women Researchers at the UF College of Medicine”

Hazel C. Levy, University of Florida

11:45am:   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, Vincent Adejumo, University of Florida

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

Comment: Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Valdosta State University

Coffee Break

Book Signings

4:00pm:  “The Making of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, “La Casita” at UF”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comment: Nicholas Vargas, University of Florida

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Quinn Jones Center Auditorium

1013 NW. 7th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Active Commemorations: Putting Historical Memory to Work

9:00am:    Morning Welcome/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

11:00am:     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


1:30pm:  Documentary Film-in progress: “Legacies of Lynching: The Odyssey of Oscar Mack in Florida and Beyond”

Julian Chambliss, Department of English, Michigan State University

Comment: James Brown and Vanessa Bonner

Great Grandchildren of Oscar Mack


Marna Weston, Oak Hall School, Introductory Remarks

Larry Rivers, Distinguished Professor of History,

Florida A & M University

This Symposium is Funded by the University of Florida Office of the Provost


Where can I stay during the African American Oral History Symposium?

There are several hotels in the Gainesville area that can accommodate guests for the upcoming symposium. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program has reserved room blocks at the following hotels:

  • Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center 352-376-1661 at a rate of $129 per night. Reservation cutoff is 02/27/2019

Booking Code: AHS, Booking Link:


  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville 352-372-1025 at a rate of $119 per night. Reservation cutoff is 03/13/2019

Booking Code: SPO


Where can I park during the African American Oral History Symposium?

Free parking is available in the grassy area called the North Lawn in front of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to the west of Murphree Hall right off University Drive. There will be staff on hand to guide individuals to the lot. In addition, there will be a shuttle and a golf cart available to provide rides between the lot and George A. Smathers Libraries on Thursday and Friday of the Symposium.

Do I need to register? If so, what is the registration process?

Registration is completely optional. Registering does give us a sense of how many guests to prepare for. To register please go to (, click “register,” and fill out and submit the form. If you have questions or issues, please email with the following information: your name, phone number, and affiliated institution (if applicable).

What is the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program?

The award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is the oral history program of the University of Florida. Since our founding in 1967, we have conducted over 8,000 interviews. More than 150,000 pages of transcribed material from these interviews may be found in the SPOHP archives and Digital Collections at the University of Florida.

Our mission is to gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals from all walks of life. The Proctor Program is one of the premier oral history programs in the United States, and one of the vital centers of experiential learning at the University of Florida. Our social-justice research orientation is unique among programs of our kind. We teach students how to use historical research to inform public policy and debates from all perspectives.

SPOHP works in collaboration with a broad array of university centers, community-based organizations, and historical institutions throughout the world in order to bring history to life. SPOHP emphasizes face-to-face interviewing, collaborative research, digital technology, and other techniques that make history accessible, democratic and fun. SPOHP engages students, scholars, and local communities throughout the world in gathering, preserving, and promoting living history through academic publications, public programs, electronic media and other forums in order to document the human condition.