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Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.

CSAS Director Kenneth Janken Wins Connor Award

jankenCSAS Director Kenneth Janken is the 2015 recipient of the R. D. W. Connor Award, given by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best article to have appeared in the North Carolina Historical Review each year. His winning article is entitled “Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics and Judicial Corruption in the 1970s,” and featured research from the SOHP collections. Congratulations, Dr. Janken!

Remembering Julian Bond

jbondChampion of equal rights Julian Bond passed away on August 15th, 2015. His legacy as one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a former president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a former chairman of the NAACP, among many other accomplishments, will continue to shape the landscape of social justice for generations. SOHP is lucky enough to have conducted several interviews with Mr. Bond over the course of his impressive career. Listen and read along with one of them here.

Jacquelyn Hall and Jessie Wilkerson Receive LAWCHA Awards

lawchaHuge congratulations to founding SOHP director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and SOHP alumna Jessie Wilkerson on receiving awards from the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)! Jessie received the Herbert Gutman Prize for best PhD dissertation in the field of labor and working class history for her dissertation, completed at UNC under Jacquelyn Hall’s direction, entitled “Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South.” Jacquelyn received the award for Distinguished Service to Labor and Working-Class History for her exemplary contributions to the field and its members over so many years. Her prizewinning scholarship has brought the South and its women to the forefront of labor and working class history.

SOHP Intern Podcast: “Rebellion”

handbookThe Fall 2014 SOHP interns released the first SOHP Intern oral history podcast. In this installment, undergraduate interns David Farrow and Rachel Worsham discuss two different types of rebellion at UNC. Act 1 focuses on the dismantling of  rules applicable only to women students at Carolina, led by Sharon Rose Powell. Act 2 discusses the Lenoir Foodworkers’ Strike from the perspective of Ashley David, a member of the Black Student Movement. Using the SOHP archives, the interns highlight and explore the role of rebellion at UNC. To listen to the podcast, visit our Soundcloud page here.

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship

jdh smOn September 20th, 2014, more than 120 people gathered at UNC to celebrate and honor the legacy of SOHP’s founding director, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, as she retires from the Department of History. Now, to honor Jacquelyn in a permanent way, we’re excited to announce a fundraising effort for the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship Fund. Learn more about this fund, which will support graduate student research, at our donor page here.

40th Anniversary Digital Exhibit Now Live

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.49.04 AMOur digital exhibit commemorating the SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 4th, 2014 is now live! Take a tour through decades of materials including old documents, interview clips, photographs, and even a video clip of our panel discussion with Howard Lee, Valeria Lee, Jacquelyn Hall, Jessie Wilkerson, and Bill Chafe.  Check it out here.

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