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2014 Black & Banned Read-Out

In Events on September 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Black and Banned flier 2014

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Your Story!

In Events on March 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Your Story! ~ Spring 2013 Series ~ Each event features two live oral history interviews and an Open Mic. The Open Mic participants will be chosen by drawing names that interested storytellers deposit in a box at the beginning of the event. Individuals whose names are drawn have five minutes each to share their stories on the day’s topic. ~~~ Migration Stories: Syracuse is a city of migrants. People with roots in the American South, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere call the city home. Share your story of coming to Syracuse; ties to the old home; or adapting to life in your new world. Prison Stories: The U.S. incarceration rate has been the highest in the world for over a decade. Prison has become a common American experience. Share your story of incarceration; ties to individuals in prison; the absence of an incarcerated family member or friend; prison visits; or adjusting to life after prison. Learning Stories: What does it mean to learn or to be educated? Share your story of how you learned; where you learned; what you learned; love of learning; teaching others to learn; obstacles to learning; or things you wish you had not learned. Love Stories: “Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.” (Creole proverb) Share your story of old love; hard love; sister love; unexpected love; parent’s love; lost love; looking for love; childhood love; misplaced love; brotherly love; or renewed love. ~ ~ ~ Your Story! is a Black Syracuse Project (BSP) initiative. The Spring 2013 series is produced in collaboration with Imagining America, La Casita Cultural Center, and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company. BSP explores and documents the history of people of color in Central New York and is housed in Syracuse University’s African American Studies Department. La Casita is a cultural, artistic, and educational center supported by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor.

Your Story!

~ Spring 2013 Series ~

Each event features two live oral history interviews and an Open Mic.  The Open Mic participants will be chosen by drawing names that interested storytellers deposit in a box at the beginning of the event.  Individuals whose names are drawn have five minutes each to share their stories on the day’s topic.

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Migration Stories: Syracuse is a city of migrants.  People with roots in the American South, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere call the city home.  Share your story of coming to Syracuse; ties to the old home; or adapting to life in your new world.

Prison Stories: The U.S. incarceration rate has been the highest in the world for over a decade.  Prison has become a common American experience.  Share your story of incarceration; ties to individuals in prison; the absence of an incarcerated family member or friend; prison visits; or adjusting to life after prison.

Learning Stories: What does it mean to learn or to be educated?  Share your story of how you learned; where you learned; what you learned; love of learning; teaching others to learn; obstacles to learning; or things you wish you had not learned.

Love Stories: “Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.”  (Creole proverb)  Share your story of old love; hard love; sister love; unexpected love; parent’s love; lost love; looking for love; childhood love; misplaced love; brotherly love; or renewed love.

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Your Story! is a Black Syracuse Project (BSP) initiative.  The Spring 2013 series is produced in collaboration with Imagining America, La Casita Cultural Center, and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company.  BSP explores and documents the history of people of color in Central New York and is housed in Syracuse University’s African American Studies Department.  La Casita is a cultural, artistic, and educational center supported by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor.

Digital History Fair

In Events on February 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

 

The Digital History Fair was held on October 23rd, 2010 in Beauchamp Library in Syracuse, New York.  It was a collaborative effort organized by the Black History Preservation Project in which community residents brought in their family photographs and documents to be scanned and added to the shared collection.  Volunteers interviewed the participants and filled out metadata forms, recording as much information as possible.  The Black Syracuse Project was one of several participating organizations to help out that day, besides the Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse University’s Library, and Light Work Community Darkroom.

 

Suzanne Preate, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Syracuse University’s Library, scanned the photographs and documents.

 

Here Vernita King, left, is interviewing Marshall Nelson on the family photos he has brought in.  The framed image is Mr. Nelson’s brother-in-law, Marvin Belt, who was tragically the first Syracusan casualty in the Vietnam War.

 

Richard Breland Exhibit Reception

In Events on February 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

Richard and friend

Richard Breland, pictured on the right, is a long time resident of Syracuse.  Between January 27th and March 4th, about fifty selected photographs from his personal collection are on display in the Panasci Lounge of the Schine Student Center of Syracuse University.  Mr. Breland’s photographs spans eight decades and document his life, from growing up in the 15th Ward of Syracuse to years in the service during the Korean War to settling back down in Syracuse, working for General Electric and staying active in the community.