University of Florida oral history students interview veterans of the civil rights movement as part of the second annual Mississippi Delta Panel.

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Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Participates in Civil Rights Movement and Oral History in the Mississippi Delta Panel

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in partnership with Delta State University and the Sunflower County, Mississippi Civil Rights Organization, organized the 2nd Annual Civil Rights Movement and Oral History panel on September 22nd at the Capps Archives and Museum Building at Delta State University.

The panel featured prominent scholars and community organizers who have participated in and studied the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Panelists discussed the past, present, and future of the Black Freedom Struggle in the Delta with an eye towards teaching about the historical legacies and unfinished agendas of the movement.

The panel was part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s annual research trip to the Mississippi Delta. A team of eleven UF undergraduates and graduate students, under the direction of UF associate professor of history Paul Ortiz, interviewed veterans of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. The students’ interviews will become part of a digital archival collection shared by scholars, teachers, and contemporary social justice activists seeking to understand the origins, tactics, and philosophies of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Panelists included:

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Arlene Sanders, asanders@deltastate.edu, 662-846-4095

Paul Ortiz, portiz@ufl.edu, 352-392-7168

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godutchbaby, Flickr

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