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African American contributions to Simmons project

Repository: Olaleye Communications, Inc.

Collection Description (CRHP): In 2005, a group of three faculty members prepared a documentary about the experience of African-American Students at Simmons College titled "The Power of Our Presence 1910-2005: The Black Experience at Simmons College." Highlighted in this production are interviews with prominent alumnae, including renowned journalist Gwen Ifill, involved in the civil rights activism at the College in the late 1960s. The film particularly focuses on the struggles of black students for recognition; they wanted more black students and faculty, better access to financial aid, and the development of an Africana Studies center and black student union. Some students were involved in struggles for racial justice outside the campus, such as in Roxbury and in regard to the school busing crisis in Boston. This collection contains information for the two films that were completed, the one mentioned and an extended version. Namely, it includes much of the raw footage, transcripts of interviews, photographs, and artifacts collected during the project of which thirty to forty interviews were conducted. Much of the video shot was shot on mini-dv tape. The collection of stills is mostly digital. The documentary "The Power of Our Presence 1910-2005: The Black Experience at Simmons College" can be seen at http://www.simmons.edu/enews/alumnet/harris/black_experience_md.mov

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: circa 30-40 transcripts; videorecordings; photographs; artifacts

Language: English

Interviewees: Leslie Morris, Vanessa Greene, Donna Ramos Johnson, Beryl Bailey, Leonade Jones, Rehema Ellis, Rita Dudley, Gwen Ifill, Lelia Ernestine Williams, Marcia Bedford, Paula Sneed, Dan Cheever, Anthony Price, Waltrine Cook, Lynne White, Adina Gardenboro, Carolyn Murray Taylor, Michael Williams, Pam Dashiell, Victoria Anderson Pinderhughes, Aduni Anderson, Elizabeth Rawlins, Cynthia Bagwell Stimley, AlCurtis Clark, Trelane Clark, Doreen Shepard Dudley, Thyra Jackson Benoit, Ann Fudge, Kunme Oluleye, Reina Du Val, Rashonda Ambrose, Charlotte Morocco, Ruth Harris, Carol Walker Pope, Alicia Walker, Anne Davis Shaw, Desiree Simmons, Carla Harris

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

Subjects:

African American college students--Massachusetts
African American college students--Societies, etc.
African Americans--Education (Higher)
African Americans--Massachusetts
Black power
Black studies
Busing for school integration--Massachusetts--Boston
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)
Women's colleges

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Videorecordings

 

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