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“Battle For The Ballot” The Struggle For Voting Rights In Florida
April 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Please join the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program for a special webinar presentation on Monday, April 25 at noon on the history of voting rights struggles in Florida by Allison Mitchell, a University of Virginia PhD candidate in history. Mitchell is the recipient of SPOHP’s Julian Pleasants Travel Award for outstanding research in oral history. Mitchell’s dissertation, “Battle for the Ballot: A History of Black Electoral Politics and Voter Suppression in Florida, 1940s-2010s,” draws from the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History housed at George A. Smathers Libraries. Mitchell’s dissertation uses oral history to tell the story of hitherto forgotten African American efforts to challenge segregation and voter suppression in Florida. Dr. Sharon Austin, Professor of Political Science at UF will provide commentary on the presentation.Allison Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Florida. She majored in African American Studies and History and graduated Cum Laude in 2016. Ms. Mitchell was a volunteer undergraduate transcriber at the Proctor Program and she conducted oral history interviews for SPOHP’s 2016 oral history internship course, “Sport and Society.” Allison contributed to an audio podcast that explored the ways that NCAA athletes grapple with injuries. In 2017, Ms. Mitchell was a student leader for the Mississippi Freedom Project, an annual summer experiential learning trip for UF students that explores the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta.