UF in the Mississippi Delta: Documenting the Modern Civil Rights Movement

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January 27, 2021
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African American History / Studies, Oral History, Race / Ethnic Studies, Political History / Studies, Public History


Virtual Public Program: UF in the Mississippi Delta. A Decade-Plus of Documenting the Black Freedom Struggle and the Modern Civil Rights Movement

DATE: Wednesday, January 27, 2021


REGISTRATION: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l0we2a9EQnWJ8FNlvWbH0w?fbclid=IwAR1CfRqnWLW90pnwOXgf4oXXc9GrCswhs25cFkSINm1wiWJ4yY9hvcUfZ5M

UF in the Mississippi Delta:

Join us on the evening of Wednesday, January 27 when the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Florida will host a lively multimedia presentation where UF students, alumni and staff will reflect on over a decade and a half of oral history fieldwork trip to the Mississippi Delta.

The Mississippi Freedom Project is an award-winning oral history project of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program that puts UF students in contact with organizers and veterans of the founders of the modern Civil Rights Movement. During the inaugural trip in the summer of 2008, trip participants met with Congressman John Lewis who urged them to make history by returning to Florida and registering people to vote. Students have interviewed organizers who worked directly with Fannie Lou Hamer as well as founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Emmett Till Museum and much more.

Since 2008, this week-long fieldwork trip provides opportunities for UF students to engage in experiential learning by forming up-and-close personal research relationships with individuals and groups whose civil rights work changed the course of US history. While their primary objective is to conduct interviews, they also perform required reading, attend training and orientation, facilitate public events during the trip, attend workshops, sing freedom songs, write reflections, transcribe interviews, and participate in post-trip analysis and digital production.

Join us as we reflect upon the past 13 years of the Mississippi Freedom Project and on memorable trips to the Delta.

The Mississippi Freedom Project archive at the University of Florida Digital Collections has become a nationally-recognized repository of Civil Rights Movement history. MFP interviews have been featured on the SNCC Legacy Project at the Duke University Libraries and the Howard Zinn Education Project. MFP was the recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth B. Mason Outstanding Project Award bestowed by the Oral History Association.

Sponsors: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Paul Ortiz, 352-392-7198.

Tamarra Jenkins, tamarraj@ufl.edu


For more information about the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s Mississippi Freedom Project, see: https://oral.history.ufl.edu/

To Register, click:  https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l0we2a9EQnWJ8FNlvWbH0w

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Paul Ortiz, 352-392-7168


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