From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida

Free registration is available.

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.

 

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

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 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.  ~ Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director

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

 

Preliminary Symposium schedule (Subject to Change) Thursday, March 21, 2019

          GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES, LIBRARY EAST, ROOM 100

 

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

COMMUNITY PRESENTERS/POSTERS/TABLING*

 

9:00 to 10:00

OPENING REMARKS:

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

 

 

11:15                                                                 Coffee Break

Book Signings

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

11:45:           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

 

12:45                                                     –BREAK FOR LUNCH–

 

2:30                                                  “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.

 

3:30             Comment: UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel: Evelyn Mickle, Albert White, Bernard Hicks

 

 

6:00                                HARN MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

 

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

                        Comment: Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth University

7:00 to 9:00                                               Dinner Reception

Friday, March 22, 2019

                    GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES, LIBRARY EAST, ROOM 100

8:30                                           MORNING WELCOME/ COFFEE

Opening Remarks: Dean David Richardson, University of Florida

9:00                                                      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: 15                Unveiling the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

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

11:00                                                            Coffee Break/Light Refreshments

Book signings

 

11:30                      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

 

–LUNCH BREAK—

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

 

2:30:         “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

4:30:             “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

 

  1. Quinn Jones Center Auditorium

1013 NW. 7th Avenue

 

Active Commemorations: Putting Historical Memory to Work

9:00:                                            Morning Welcome/Coffee

 

9:30:            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

 

 

11:30:                                        “Legacies of Lincoln High School”

Presentation by Albert White, Lincoln High School Alumnus

Moderated by: Tina Certain, Alachua County School Board Member

 

LUNCH

 

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

and Beyond,”

 

Julian Chambliss, Department of History, Michigan State University

 

Comment: 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), Harn Museum of Art.