From Segregation to Black Lives Matter University of Florida | March 21-23rd, 2019

A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

This year 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 on Black history, university seminars on African American studies, and community-based oral history workshops across the country. The new collection includes over six hundred oral histories with African American elders in Florida telling stories of family memories of slavery, resistance to segregation, 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 African American Oral History Archive at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers. To celebrate this historic occasion, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is hosting a three-day symposium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 21-23 March 2019. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community leaders to discuss the latest trends in African American history from K-12 to higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to view and to listen to films, podcasts and panelists. The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors.

Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 9:00 am to Saturday, March 23rd, 6 pm

The AAHP project has been sustained by a plethora of community-based and academic partners. Throughout the symposium, we will have a room/space dedicated to poster space and tabling for community partners, museums, and virtual projects. Visitors will be able to watch/listen to oral histories, peruse web sites, and read materials on regional, national and international initiatives such as Texas Christian University’s Civil Rights in Black and Brown, The Virtual Rosewood Project, and many others.

Presenters include:

Civil Rights in Black and Brown, Texas Christian University

Virtual Rosewood Research Project

Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center

Pleasant Street Historic Society

Matheson History Museum

Lincoln High School Alumni Association

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

UF Historic St. Augustine

Florida Historical Society

Gainesville Cultural Arts Coalition

UF Intersections Group: How Does Blackness Travel Locally and Across the Globe?

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Curtis Austin

Dr. Curtis Austin (From the University of Oregon, Department of History Website)

Dr. Curtis Austin, author of the definitive work on the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, "Up Against the Wall," has agreed to be our symposium keynote speaker. Dr. Curtis is a history professor at the University of Oregon and a highly-respected oral historian. He has appeared on two SPOHP panels on the civil rights movement at Delta State University in Mississippi.

For more information on Dr. Curtis, here is a link to his remarkable TEDx talk at Ohio State University:

"Black Panthers, White Lies"

Dr. Curtis's page at the University of Oregon: https://history.uoregon.edu/slide/welcome-curtis-austin/

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