Not one but two civil rights movements flourished in mid-twentieth century Texas, and they did so in intimate conversation with one another. While most research on American race relations has utilized a binary analytical lens—examining either “black” vs. “white” or “Anglo” vs. “Mexican”—Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggles in Texas collects, interprets, and disseminates new oral history interviews with members of all three groups.
In the summer of 2015, I personally conducted over thirty interviews for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project. My research partner and I visited cities in East Texas including Tyler, Marshall, Bryan, College Station, Huntsville and Prairie View, and interviewed men and women who had a significant history in civil rights activism. Instead of using a narrow definition of civil rights, CRBB defines civil rights to broadly include any kind of local community organizing that benefits traditionally marginalized populations, including LGBTQ activism, women's activism, and the labor movement.
In addition to my duties as a research assistant, I also am the project manager. I perform the day-to-day administrative duties, including managing the project website and overseeing our graduate and undergraduate staff in interview processing for the website. I also created promotional materials for the website--the project poster located to the left and a project flyer.