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

Location: The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, & the A. Quinn Jones Museum

Description: 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the African American Oral 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.


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Parking and Navigating on UF Campus

Free parking for UF's African American Oral History Symposium is available at the North Lawn in front of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to the west of Murphree Hall on West University Avenue. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) will have staff with large signs to help direct folks to parking places. We have also hired a shuttle service for the first two days of our symposium! We will have shuttles running from the North Lawn parking lot to George Smathers Library East where the symposium begins. We will also have shuttles running to take guests to Midtown on West University during lunch hour. Our staff will also be available to help point you in the right direction! On Saturday, March 23rd we will be at the A. Quinn Jones Center on 1108 NW 7th Avenue from 9:00 am to 4 pm where guests can expect a catered lunch.


Where can I stay during the 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 Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville


$119 per night.

Booking Code: SPO

*Reservation cutoff is 03/13/2019*


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Preliminary Symposium Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday, March 21, 2019




9:00 to 10:00 AM: OPENING REMARKS

  • President Fuchs, University of Florida
  • Provost Joe Glover, University of Florida
  • Reda Buchanan
  • Dr. Sharon Austin, Director UF African American Studies
  • Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

10:00 AM: Conducting the Oral Histories: Challenges, Impacts, Legacies

Featuring SPOHP/UF Alumni:

  • Dr. Randi Gill-Sadler, Lafayette College
  • Dr. Justin Hosbey, Emory University
  • Dr. Justin Dunnavant, UC-Santa Cruz/Vanderbilt
  • PhD Candidate Raja Rahim, University of Florida

Moderated by Dr. Paul Ortiz, University of Florida

11:15 AM: 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 and Community Activist.

Moderated by Dr. Ryan Morini, University of Florida


2:30 PM: “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 PM: Comment

UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel:

  • Evelyn Mickle
  • Albert White
  • Bernard Hicks


Keynote Address:

Dr. Curtis Austin, Department of History, University of Oregon

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

Comment: Dr. Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth University

7:00 to 9:00 PM: Dinner Reception

Friday, March 22, 2019



Opening Remarks:

Dean David Richardson, University of Florida

9:00 AM: Remembering Joel Buchanan

  • Reda Buchanan and Family
  • Evelyn Foxx, Alachua County NAACP
  • Rodney Long, Alachua County Commissioner Emeritus
  • Dr. Bernie Machen, UF President Emeritus
  • Dr. Judith Russell, Smathers Libraries Dean
  • Dr. Steve Noll, Department of History
  • Marna Weston, Oak Hall School
  • Faye Williams, M.A.M.A.’s Club

10:15 AM: Unveiling the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

  • Dr. Judith Russell
  • Stephanie Birch
  • Dr. Laurie Taylor, George Smathers Libraries

11:00 AM: Coffee Break with Light Refreshments/Book signings

11:30 AM: History, Intersectionality and Liberation in the Age of Black Lives Matter

  • Dr. Tanya Saunders, University of Florida
  • Nailah Summers, Dream Defenders
  • Dr. Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University
  • Dr. Vincent Adejumo, University of Florida

Moderated by Dr. Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida


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

2:30 PM: “The Making of the Institute of Black Culture at the University of Florida,”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comment: Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Valdosta State University

3:30 PM: Coffee Break/ Book Signings

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

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comment: Dr. Nicholas Vargas, University of Florida

5:00 PM: “History Now: Black Women Researchers at the UF College of Medicine”

Hazel C. Levy, University of Florida

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A. Quinn Jones Center Auditorium

1013 NW. 7th Avenue

Active Commemorations: Putting Historical Memory to Work

9:00 AM: Morning Welcome/Coffee

9:30 AM: Ocoee, Florida: One Hundred Years of Accountability and Reconciliation in the Making

  • Kathleen Crown
  • Nichole Dawkins
  • Mayor Rusty Johnson
  • William E. Maxwell

Moderated by Dr. Ed Gonzalez-Tennant, University of Central Florida

11:00 AM: Coffee Break/ Book Signings

11:30 AM: “Legacies of Lincoln High School”

Presentation by Albert White, Lincoln High School Alumnus

Moderated by: Tina Certain, Alachua County School Board Member


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

Dr. Julian Chambliss, Department of History, 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

We can't wait to see you in March!

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