Episodes 14 and 15: Environmental Racism and Oral History Part I and Part II
From the Southern Oral History Program, this is Press Record: a podcast about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it.
Welcome back, listeners! We are thrilled to bring you Press Record’s first 2- part mini-series focusing on environmental racism in the South through the lens of oral history and storytelling.
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? A few months ago, Carol Prince sat down with two scholars doing research on environmental racism using oral history, Danielle Purifoy and Pavithra Vasudevan to talk about these very questions. What you will hear in the following two episodes is excerpts from Carol’s conversation with Danielle and Pavithra interspersed with their oral history interviews.
In Part I, 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, how Danielle and Pavithra showcased their oral histories to the public, and how they continue to press forward in research and activism amidst bleak realities of environmental racism.
For more information about the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network here.http://www.ncejn.org/
Find the link to the Scalawag series on In Conditions of Fresh Water here.
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