From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida (uncluding an updated preliminary symposium schedule)

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March 21, 2019
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Oral History, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, History Education

From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida

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Organized by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program,


Sponsored by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations,  Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, The Richard J. Milbauer Program in Southern History, Department of History, The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, UF Student Government, Oak Hall School Civil Rights Symposium


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


Locations: George A. Smathers Libraries, The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, A. Quinn Jones Center, 1108 NW 7th Ave.


2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the African American 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 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.


Upadated Preliminary Symposium schedule:


Thursday, March 21, 2019




8:00 to 9:00 AM:                                     REGISTRATION/COFFEE




9:00 to 10:00                                         

                                                                    OPENING REMARKS:


President Fuchs, University of Florida

                                                   Provost Joe Glover, University of Florida

                                                                       Reda Buchanan

Sharon Austin, Director UF African American Studies

                                      Paul Ortiz, Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program



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

                                   Featuring SPOHP/UF Alumni: Randi Gill-Sadler, Lafayette College,

                         Justin Hosbey, Emory University, Justin Dunnavant, UC-Santa Cruz/Vanderbilt

                                                            Raja Rahim, University of Florida

      Moderated by Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, University of Florida



11:15                                                                 Coffee Break


Book Signings- (Participants’ books will be for sale throughout the event’s proceedings)



11:45:           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.

                                                Moderated by Paul Ortiz, University of Florida



12:45                                                     --BREAK FOR LUNCH--


2:30                                                  “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             Comment: UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel: Evelyn Mickle, Albert White, Bernard Hicks


6:00                                HARN MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA


                                                                 Keynote Address:

                                 Curtis Austin, Department of History, University of Oregon  

                                        Author of: Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making

                                                            and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party                                        


                        Comment: Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth University



7:00 to 9:00                                               Dinner Reception


Friday, March 22, 2019




8:30                                                   MORNING WELCOME/ COFFEE



Opening Remarks: Dean David Richardson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida


9:00                                                       Remembering Joel Buchanan:

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


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

                       Judith Russell, Stephanie Birch, Laurie Taylor, George Smathers Libraries


11:00                                                            Coffee Break/Light Refreshments

                                                                            Book signings                                  


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


Tanya Saunders, University of Florida, Nailah Summers, Dream Defenders, Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University


Moderated by Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida




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


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

                                                   Presented by Student Filmmakers


Comment: Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Valdosta State University

                                                                                     Coffee Break

                                                                                   Book Signings


4:30:              “The Making of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, “La Casita” at UF”

                                                     Presented by Student Filmmakers


Comment: Nicholas Vargas, 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:                                            Morning Welcome/Coffee


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

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


                                          Moderated by Ed Gonzalez-Tennant, University of Central Florida


11:00:                                                                         Coffee Break

                                                                                  Book Signings



11:30:                                        “Legacies of Lincoln High School”

                                     Presentation by Albert White, Lincoln High School Alumnus

  Moderated by: Tina Certain, Alachua County School Board Member




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

                                                                                                                                 and Beyond,”


                                          Julian Chambliss, Department of English, Michigan State University


Comment: James Brown, Grandson of Oscar Mack & Audience



SYMPOSIUM CLOSING REMARKS:  Marna Weston, Oak Hall School, Introductory Remarks,


                                                       Larry Rivers, Distinguished Professor of History,

                                                                        Florida A & M University



                       This Symposium is Funded by the University of Florida Office of the Provost



Contact Info: 

Tamarra Jenkins, Office Manager: (352-392-7168)

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