May 21st, 2022. Today I met with Lady Janice Martinelli, the President of the National City Historical Society, for The Congress of History’s first in-person meeting in two years. It was held at beautiful Villa Montezuma Museum in Sherman Heights, San Diego.
December 17, 2021. A collection of seventy oral histories, drawn from across the country, which examines the conflict as experienced by the approximately 600,000 Black men and women who served. It also includes narratives from other sources, including the Library of Congress’s visionary Veterans History Project. In their own voices, soldiers and sailors and flyers tell the story of what it meant, how it felt, and what it cost them to fight for the freedom abroad that was too often denied them at home.
May 2-3, 2017, New York City. I’ll be giving a keynote, Rev. James Forbes (former pastor of Riverside Church) will give the introductory comments, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod will be presented with the Union Seminary medal. Students and faculty at UTS have also been holding a weekly guided reading session of my book throughout the semester. But the best part, is that the day will also be the first ever reunion of the SIM activists! Please come out if you can!
May 1, 2017, Blacksburg, VA. The Vauquois Mapping and Virtual Reality Project will be featured at ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day: Sensing Place. We’ll invite viewers into a 20-minute virtual and augmented reality experience of the World War I battles in Vauquois, France. We will be in the ICAT “Cube” from 11:00 to 12:30, projecting onto to the new cyclorama!
April 23, 2017, Christiansburg, VA. I’ll be the featured speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library at the Christiansburg Public Library. I’ll be speaking about my book From Reconciliation to Revolution starting at 3 p.m. Hope to see you there. Copies of the book (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) will be available.
Here are some recent mentions of From Reconciliation to Revolution:
Guest Blog Post/Essay
March, 2017, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center. I wrote an essay on the Student Interracial Ministry (SIM), the civil rights movement, and the mutually beneficial relationship between oral history collecting and archive building. Read the whole essay here.
March/April, 2017. When students took on the role of junior detectives using an augmented reality application, they gained a close up look at the impact of segregated schooling in their own Virginia community. For the whole article, go here.
Civil Rights History Project
June, 2016. As part of my ongoing work with the Smithsonian and Library of Congress I have had the opportunity to interview several key figures from the Civil Rights Movement.
February 8, 2008. Before Roe v. Wade, somewhere between one and two million illegal abortions were performed every year in the United States. Illegal abortion affected millions of women and their families, yet their stories remain hidden. In Creating Choice , citizens of one community in Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley break that silence.