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Episode 14: Environmental Racism and Oral History (Part I)

Welcome back, listeners! We have exciting news here at Press Record. After a brief summer hiatus, we are thrilled to bring you Part I of Press Record’s first mini-series. The series will focus on environmental racism in the South through the lens of oral history and storytelling. A few months ago, Carol Prince sat down with  two scholars doing research on environmental racism using oral history, Danielle Purifoy and Pavithra Vasudevan. What you will hear in this episode is the first excerpt from their two and a half hour conversation.


Montgomery, AL at the site of what will be the new Slavery to Freedom Museum, operated by the Equal Justice Initiative. Photo Credit: Danielle Purifoy


So what is environmental racism and what does it have to do with oral history? What can we learn from the stories of two Southern spaces? How do municipal governments and major corporations perpetuate environmental racism? These are some of the questions Danielle and Pavithra will begin to answer in Part I. In this episode, you’ll meet Danielle and Pavithra and listen to them discuss their projects and the meaning of environmental racism. You’ll also hear from some of the people they interviewed explain their firsthand experiences fighting for environmental justice in the South. In Part II, you’ll hear more about specific moments from the oral histories they collected, so stay tuned!




For more information about the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network here.

Find the link to the Scalawag series on In Conditions of Fresh Water here.


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Episode 1- Silence Speaks Volumes

Episode 2: Back Ways

Episode 3: Feminism and Oral History

Episode 4: LGBTQ Southern Oral History and Activism

Episode 5: Pet Sounds

Episode 6: Sweet Emotion

Episode 7: Oral History For Movement Building

Episode 8: Voices From Charlotte

Episode 9: Veterans and Oral History

Episode 10: Women and Politics in the South

Episode 11: Oral History and the ERA

Episode 12: Revisiting Backways in Conversation