An oral history project that grew out of the exhibit "Go Forth and Serve" which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the drafting of the second Morrill Act, which provided funds for the founding of land grant schools of higher education for black students.
Scope and Contents:
Oral history interviews, on film and audio, on the subject of African American land grant colleges, conducted in conjunction with the exhibition "Go Forth and Serve" at the National Museum of American History in 1990.
The collection is organized into one series. It is organized alphabetically by the name of college or university that is the subject of the interview.
Biographical / Historical:
"Go Forth and Serve", an exhibition curated by Lonnie Bunch and Spencer Crew, opened in March 1990 at the National Museum of American History to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the drafting of the second Morrill Act, which provided funds for the founding of land grant schools of higher education for black students. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. There was a subsequent newsletter, and oral interviews were conducted.
Collection made by the Smithsonian Institution Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History.
Collection is open for research. Reference copies must be used.
Reproduction may be limited due to intellectual property rights. No releases exist.
Through an oral history interview, historian Louise Daniel Hutchinson explains she learned the value of education from her parents, community activism from her mother, and citizenship from her teacher Dr. Paul Phillips Cook at Miner Teacher's College. Born in Maryland, grew up in a family of nine, and raised Catholic, Hutchinson experienced history as happened through attending segregated churches and segregated schools; and witnessing the Brown versus Board of Education arguments in-person. She describes her perspective on living in Texas while attending Prairie View A&M University; and her experience working with Dorothy Porter Wesley when she was a student at Howard University. She talks about the visionaries she knew or met including Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs; and her other sources of inspirations, including Anna Cooper and Mary Church Terrell. Hutchinson describes her experiences working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Washington, D.C., National Portrait Gallery, Frederick Douglass Home for the National Park Service, and the Anacostia Museum. She also talks about the books she wrote about the exhibitions on Out of Africa and Anna J. Cooper, exhibitions she curated - Harlem Renaissance and The Frederick Douglass Years , and researching and writing about her family's history.
Interview. Part of the National Visionary Leadership Project 2003. Dated 20030604.
Biographical / Historical:
Co-founded in 2001 by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D. and Renee Poussaint, The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, unites generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. National Visionary Leadership Project 2003 collection contains five videotaped oral history interviews conducted in partnership with the National Visionary Leadership Project and the Anacostia Community Museum's Education Department in 2003. Interviewees include Georgette Seabrooke Powell, William Langford, Louise Daniel Hutchinson, Jeannine Clark, and Charles Clark. Full transcripts of the interviews are available for reference in the archive.
Title transcribed from cover page of the video recording's transcript.
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