TX-COHP Student Websites Go Live!

Uncovering the Movement: An Exploration of Civil Rights in Fort Worth

¡Viva La Raza! – Documenting Tarrant County’s Mexicano Activism

Women, Leaders, and Social Change in Fort Worth

Background

This semester, I taught a pair of undergraduate courses on oral history and urban community activism.   Together, the courses represented a sort of pilot program for the larger Texas Communities Oral History Project, an effort to collect, preserve, and make publicly accessible in digital form the histories of the state’s African Americans, Mexican Americans, trade unionists, working people, women, and other marginalized groups. 

Students in the course spent the semester learning about social change by going off-campus to talk to local community activists.  In the last part of the course, they created websites to showcase their findings, including clips from the interviews as well as short interpretive essays.  Last night, on May 2, 2013, the students presented their sites at a community dinner in which many of the projects’ narrators and other community members came to TCU’s campus to hear the presentations and participate in a discussion and Q&A.  A flyer for the event is included below.

Videos and other links related to the presentations will be available soon, but the site have already gone live.  Check them out now:

Uncovering the Movement: An Exploration of Civil Rights in Fort Worth

¡Viva La Raza! – Documenting Tarrant County’s Mexicano Activism

Women, Leaders, and Social Change in Fort Worth

NTX Activist Email

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Three Recent / Upcoming Research Activities

  1. In early July, I attended the 40th Anniversary Reunion of the Texas Partido de la Raza Unida (RUP).  There I helped a team led by Emilio Zamora, Martha Cotera, and Jaime R. Puente collect oral history interviews with raza activists.
  2. On June 2, I gave a talk at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History titled “The View from the Ground: Local People and the New History of the Civil Rights Movement” (click here for my PowerPoint). The talk accompanied a small traveling exhibit based on the excellent new documentary film, Freedom Riders.  We had a great crowd that included several ordinary people who took extraordinary risks to advance the civil rights movement in Fort Worth.
  3. Next spring (2013), I will present on a state-of-the-field roundtable panel, “New Race Histories: Color Lines and Freedom Struggles,” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) in San Francisco.