African American Oral History Project
Once nearly abandoned in a garage, almost one hundred interviews with prominent members of Tampa’s African American community have now found a home at the University of South Florida. This week’s University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the new “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project” and shows you how one man’s dream is helping students and the community.
USF’s Library is now home to the “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project.” This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM talks to the community activist about the collection of almost one hundred interviews with Tampa residents dating back to the early 20th century.
Clips from some of the oral histories featured in the “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project,” including Rev. A. Leon Lowry, Bettye Davis, Augusta Thomas and Clarence Fort. (WARNING: contains adult language)
Otis R. Anthony talks about how his time at USF inspired him to collect the oral histories.
Otis R. Anthony says the Project looks into Tampa’s history well before the 1900’s.
Dr. Mark Greenberg, Director of USF Libraries Special & Digital Collections, talks about what it takes to put together a collection of oral histories like this. Also, Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez with the USF Dept. of Africana Studies talks about the importance of the Project.