I am a graduate coordinator for the African American History Project and the Mississippi Freedom Project, an ongoing oral history project organized by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida under the direction of Paul Ortiz, PhD. On these projects, our team collaborates with local community groups, civil rights organizations, and activists to collect oral histories with civil rights veterans and Black residents of North/Central Florida and the Mississippi Delta. Our work seeks to connect the lessons of Civil Rights Movement organizing with contemporary political mobilization at these sites.
Interviewing Civil Rights Attorney John Due at the African American History Museum in Natchez, Mississippi in 2014. There is a newspaper article about our 2014 work here and another article about a research presentation that our team gave to the Natchez community in 2015 here.
Here we are interviewing Sheriff Kelvin Williams, Sr in the summer of 2014. He is the first Black Sheriff of Bolivar County, Mississippi since Reconstrucution.