Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Matthew Barr (faculty group leader), Jennida Chase, Hassan Pitts, and Torren Gatson. Student awardees include Muhammad Karim, Atigre Farmer, October Kamara, Summer Kinney. The Library Support Team includes David Gwynn, Beth Bernhardt, Richard Cox, Erin Lawrimore, and Vaughn Stewart.

The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement project will collect and record oral histories of lesser known people who stood beside their more famous counterparts such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and others. While their names are less familiar, their stories and recollections represent the pervasive courage and strength of the thousands of people who struggled for equality. Student teams will record these oral/video histories in the form of 4K (high definition) video. The students will be taking part in what is planned to be a national project that spans six decades of history, from 1960 to 1980 in its initial phase, and from 1980 to the present at a later date.