Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP)

mfp logo pngThe 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.


Archival Collections

2015 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award

In Fall 2015, the Oral History Association recognized the mini-grant partnership between SPOHP and George A. Smathers Libraries for the “Freedom Summer Oral History and Library Curation Project” in 2013-2014 with its Elizabeth B. Mason Award for outstanding research goals and accomplishments. Coordinator Sarah Blanc accepted the award in October 2015 with project staff member Diana Dombrowski at the OHA conference in Tampa, FL.

Ongoing Research

Field research is conducted during annual research trips by students and staff who conduct oral history interviews, help to facilitate public workshops, and attend lectures with veteran activists. This work lends the collection a unique focus on connecting the historical lessons of organizing with Mississippi’s current social and political climate. In the most recent 2015 trip, researchers conducted interviews with the Equal Justice Initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and more. Photo highlights below from the 2014 trip feature research in Natchez and the fiftieth anniversary reunion celebrations of Freedom Summer in the Delta.

Each semester, staff, volunteers, and interns process interviews for the Mississippi Freedom Project, transcribing interviews and organizing a yearly panel in Gainesville to report on archival research from the latest trip.

Mississippi Freedom Project Events and Research News

  • Check Out Our Students’ Reflections On Our Annual Mississippi Freedom Trip 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 ...
  • March 21-23rd, 2019: African American History Symposium 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 here. Contact: Tamarra Jenkins, (352-392-7168). Organized by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the African American History Project at ...
  • Our Mississippi Freedom Project Summer 2018 Fieldwork Trip 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 ...
  • Our Year-End Journal is Available Now 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 ...
  • Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Sept. 27 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 ...
  • SPOHP Open House Scheduled for Sept. 29 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 ...
  • MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week 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 ...
  • SPOHP-ed Written by Mississippi Freedom Trip Researchers Published in the Gainesville Sun Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira participated in our 10th Annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip last month. Check out their op-ed, “Effects of Till’s Murder Still Felt Today,” through which they reflect on their experiences in the Mississippi Delta. Co-writing credits to UF students Nicole Yapp and Toni-Lee Maitland: Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira: Effects of Till’s ...
  • Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement 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 ...
  • Fall 2017 Internship Applications Are Now Available 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 ...

Contact the Mississippi Freedom Project

 

Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Mississippi Freedom Project and research trip is sponsored by George A. Smathers Libraries, Mr. William De Grove, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF African American Studies program, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF Office of Research, The Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization & The Sam Block Civil Rights Organization.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today. Above photo by Rosie King, Mississippi Freedom Project 2014 Research Trip photos by AAHP Coordinator Justin Dunnavant.