Meet the Southern Oral History Program, our colleagues at the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill.
From its founding in 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has explored the history and culture of the American South by talking to its activists, politicians, educators, laborers, innovators, business leaders, and more. After more than forty years, the SOHP’s core mission remains the same: the telling of diverse histories through research, teaching, and engagement in changing communities.
In January 2015, SOHP launched a podcast, “Press Record.” Drawing on clips from their collection of nearly 6,000 interviews, the podcast parses what it means to conduct oral histories and to learn about the past from those who lived it. Over 16,000 listeners have downloaded recent episodes on women in politics, LGBTQ activism, segregation in rural spaces, and what to do when people’s noisy pets intrude on oral history interviews.
In response to the protests over the police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, “Press Record” released a special episode called “Voices from Charlotte.”
How have activists incorporated oral history into their work and how can oral historians take their work outside the academy and begin to mobilize in their communities?
This episode focuses on the history of LGBTQ life and activism in North Carolina.