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African American oral history project

Repository: [Martha Norkunas repository]

Collection Description (Extant): Since 2004 the African American Oral History Project has been conducting interviews with people of African descent in an effort to come to a deeper appreciation of the important events, values, and intellectual perspectives in the lives of African Americans, and to examine the importance of race and racial identity in America. Under the supervision of Dr. Martha Norkunas, graduate students enrolled in Dr. Norkunas' seminar, "Oral Narrative as History" at the University of Texas at Austin and at Middle Tennessee State University conduct the in-depth oral history interviews primarily in Austin and the Nashville area. The collection now comprises 100 narrators and over 500 hours of audio and video recordings. Students transcribe, excerpt, and index all interviews. All materials will be entered into a database and will become publicly available on a website sometime in the future.

Access Copy Note: The oral histories currently reside on Dr. Norkunas' external hard drives. Most of them have been excerpted and categorized by subject. The interviews will eventually be available via a database and web site.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 112 transcripts; digital audio recordings (circa 500 hours); video recordings (12-14 hours)

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Dr. Norkunas also has 55 interviews, half of them with students of African descent, recorded by honors undergraduate students at UT-Austin, about students' racial and ethnic identity.

Interviewees: Dr. Charles E. Urdy, Tommy Wyatt, Volma Overton, Bernice Hart, Bernadette Phifer, Gerald Rowland, Gary L. Bledsoe, Clint Smith, Sam Biscoe, Myra McDaniel, Diane McDaniel Rhodes, Berl Handcox, Ethel Minor, Dr. Charles Akins, Akwasi Evans, Nelson Linder, Clarence McGowan, Joan Means Khabele, Dr. John Q. Taylor King, Sr., Dr. June Brewer, Lillian Gregg Kerley, Dorothy Charles Banks, Renette Bledsoe, Dorothy Jean McPhaul, Harrison David Eppright, Clifton Griffin, Dorothy Orebo, Ernestine Thompson, Ollie Hargis-Giles, Gloria Black, Deborah Roberts, Maurice McCloney, Carl Shelton, Audra Sneed, Rev. Freddie Dixon, Sr., Esther Jackson, Juliet Nious, Debbie Blue, Harold McMillan, Chandra Washington, Carla Nickerson, Lauren Anderson, Delores Alspaugh, Dominic Bailey, Lisa Byrd, John Fleming, Alysia Friday, Rev. Frank Garrett, Tresca Grannum, Pamela Hart, Steve Jackson, Beverly Kinney, Stephanie Lang, Josephine Mays, William McCloude, Arthur McDonald, Karen Riles, Kathryn Stone, Rutanya Pearson, Eleanor Thompson, Sherman Lemuel Bradshaw, Bertram Allen, Machree Gibson, Peter Sneed, Annette Smith, Stella Smith, Donald “Duck” Jennings, Sr., Henry “Bluesboy” Hubbard, Willis Littlefield, E.M. Taylor, Gregory Padgitt, Faye Carson, Rosie Chambers-Clemons, J.M. Richard, Dana Swan, Myrna Kerr, Lawrence Wesley, Chelsea Couch, Don Haynes, Kathy Littlefield, Marva Overton, Patrick Patterson, Gennell Shuler, Freddie Strong, Faith Weaver, Barbara Wooten, Elaine Chisum, Rhonda da Silva, Verne Joyner, Patrick King, Wilma Marable, Neal Murray, Norma Ochoa, Mattie Rose, Billy Smith

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
African Americans--Civil rights--Texas
African Americans--Tennessee
African Americans--Texas
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Texas
Race discrimination--Tennessee
Race discrimination--Texas
Tennessee--Race relations
Texas--Race relations


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