African American Oral History Project

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, which won a 2010 Griot Drum Award for Non-deadline TV Reporting from the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists, 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.

African American Oral History Project

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists recently named WUSF 89.7’s University Beat the winner of a 2010 Griot Drum Award for Radio Features Reporting. We’ll bring you a re-broadcast of that award-winning report this week, as Mark Schreiner takes us to USF Library’s “Otis R. Anthony African American Oral History Project,” a collection of almost one hundred interviews with Tampa residents dating back to the early 20th century.

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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.

More Information: 

Special and Digital Collections, USF Library
813-974-2731 spcinfo@lib.usf.edu
Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project
Special thanks to Otis R. Anthony and the USF Library: Director of Special & Digital Collections Dr. Mark Greenberg, Oral History Program Coordinator Catherine Cottle, Assistant to the Director Elizabeth Tucker and Assistant Director of Communications Eileen Thornton.
Photos & audio courtesy USF Library's Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project.
Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists

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