The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida is proud to announce its 2010 Spring Public History Series.
The theme of this year’s series is The History and Future of Community Organizing in America. Each event explores the ways that ordinary people, broadly defined, have created and sustained social movements for justice in the United States. How do we most effectively preserve and promote stories of social justice organizing? We seek to promote dialog on civic engagement, social activism, and citizenship in an era of rapid change.
UF in the Mississippi Delta: Student Reflections on Recording the Civil Rights Movement
Date and Time: February 17, Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida
During the summers of 2008 and 2009 students from the University of Florida traveled to the Mississippi Delta to interview pioneers of the civil rights movement. This program will bring the remarkable visual, musical, and political culture of the Delta to Florida.
Activists Among Us: The Gainesville Women's Movement Across Generations
Date and Time: April 8, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida
This panel discussion and multimedia event will bring together local activists from the 1950s through the present to discuss the ongoing struggle for social justice, gender equality, and human rights in Gainesville and beyond. Moderated by Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn. Panelists include: Vivian Filer, Kathie Sarachild, Jane Hiers, Rosa B. Williams, Sallie Ann Harrison and Corky Culver.
Where Do We Go From Here?: Translating King's Unfinished Agenda into the Era of Obama
Multimedia presentation by award-winning author and historian Mike Honey.
Date and Time: April 14, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Eastside Recreation Center, 2841 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida
Dr. Mike Honey’s most recent book is "Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign" (2007), which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is the president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Honey is also the author of "Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle."
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