Dear SPOHP Supporter,
As our summer fundraising campaign kicks into high gear, I am happy to report that thanks to your continued support, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program continues to reach more students, scholars, and members of the general public than ever. We have conducted numerous community-based oral history workshops an interviews in churches, businesses, labor unions, immigrant organizations and military veterans’ groups. Thanks in large part to your generosity we have been able to provide logistical support for undergraduate, as well as graduate students, initiating social justice-focused research projects throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, as well as Europe.
As we prepare to embark upon our 11 th annual oral history field work trip to the Mississippi Delta to document the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the testimonials from students who journeyed with us to Mississippi in the past remind me why we do this work. A transfer student from Santa Fe college noted, “This trip has been eye-opening because it has made me realize that although the United States has come a long way from what it was, we as citizens have a lot of work ahead of us to mend and to heal from a broken past.” Culminating on the heels of this year’s trip we will be hosting From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History- March 21-23rd, 2019 here at the University of Florida. Please join us for this exciting conference as we bring together scholars, educators and community leaders through a series of panels, book-signings and film-screenings.
Your support makes it possible for The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program to connect undergraduates with Native American elders, WWII veterans, community organizers, senior federal judges and people from all walks of life. I am asking you to consider making a donation to help SPOHP continue this work well into the future. Your contributions help us sustain our field work and pay for student expenses on all of our future field trips. (This includes making it possible for our students to travel to Montreal in October to present their research at the Oral History Association annual meeting!) Finally, your support makes it possible for SPOHP to purchase much-needed field recorders, and software our students need to produce their interviews for public access.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about SPOHP. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Proctor Program and to oral history!
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY PROJECT