Sens Feinstein, et. al., introduce bill to create Civil Rights Oral History Project

From Sen. Feinstein’s office: “Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation to create a Civil Rights Oral History Project, a joint effort between the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress to collect oral histories of those involved in the Civil Rights Movement and preserve them for future generations.” It will be like the Veterans History Project in that it would be a project of the Library of Congress

Just saw word of this from Senator Feinstein via Twitter. I asked how it will differ from the Voices of Civil Rights project, which I wrote about yesterday. The Voices of Civil Rights project is a joint project, where the Library of Congress is one of the sponsors, along with AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR).

While I was poking around on the Voices of Civil Rights site yesterday, I had a question to ask them—is the project still conducting any interviews, or is their total populatino of interviews limited to those collected during their national bus tour in 2004. Good question, right? The email address doesn’t work, though: It bounced!  Doesn’t need an act of congress to make an email address work, does it? I kid, I kid. Seriously, the Veterans History Project is an ongoing project, where anyone can interview and submit it to the project at the Library of Congress. The press release from Sen Feinstein’s office is pretty sparse, but all you need to do is go to the site to get a feel for the kinds of things that the proposed project would have.

And if you wish to see why preserving the history is a worthwhile thing, look at this amazing video. The history of civil rights in this country is yet ongoing.


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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 09, 2009 in • Oral History ProjectsVeterans History Project
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