May 1, 2013 in Primary source, Research methods
It is hard to believe that the end of the year is already upon us. At the beginning of this class, I had no idea the magnitude of the projects I would undretake, and the feeling of accomplishment I would gain. I am so proud of the research I was able to do on Douglass School in Lexington, Kentucky, and hope that some one will find that resource helpful at some point in the future. It is enough for me that now the information that exists is at least mostly in one place; at least the information I could find.
I am so grateful for my group members for the project on Governor Martha Layne Collins for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. At times, we really struggled to find the information we needed or that would be helpful, but luckily I had group members that were not willing to give up or compromise their standards, just because the work was difficult. Shortly, we will have a finished product that we will all be proud of (see the Start page at http://www.kywcrh.org/projects/kchr-hall-of-fame/collins).
I am not sure what I was expecting of this class when it began, but I know I didn’t expect any of the work we did to have a direct impact on the community and the people we were researching. That opportunity is not one I have experienced in any other class in my college experience thus far. I have gained so much knowledge about research methods that I know I will use for the rest of my college career, and all of my future endeavors. I will forever be extremely grateful for the experience of this class.
April 29, 2013 in 1960s-1970s
As the semester is winding down, we are hard at work to finish up the projects for the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Our project on Anne Braden is coming along nicely, as Emme23 and I have officially begun sorting our information into six separate sections and divided up the responsibilities of creating our six pages based on the research and information we’ve gathered from so many different sources this semester.
Our six pages will be: Background/Family Life, Chronology, Journalism, Activism, Pictures/Quotes, and Additional Resources. We feel these distinctions will best serve anyone looking for information about Anne McCarty Braden.
It is very rewarding to watch a full semester’s work come together in a singular place. I am very hopeful that this resource will be useful for future students looking for information about Anne Braden. This semester I have learned of her strength, her dignity, her dedication, and her passion. My hope for this project is that we are able to share that tremendous personality with other students and researchers. I truly hope that Anne’s personality and dedication shine through, and that Emme23 and I are merely the vessel through which it arrives.
April 25, 2013 in 1950s-1960s, Political history
What would YOUR newspaper headline be?
Little woman, big heart, megaphone voice for Civil Liberties…
Anne and Carl Braden promote unity within the community…
Braden continues to defy all social norms…
Anne Braden revolutionizes civil rights communication with newspaper southern patriot…
The Other America, reflecting on a lifelong activist who break social norms…
April 23, 2013 in 1960s-1970s
As has been stated before, I am currently working on a project highlighting Martha Layne Collins’ contributions to civil rights in Kentucky. This task has proven much more difficult than originally assumed. When beginning the project we had intentions of interviewing Collins. As the project has progressed we have learned that task was much harder than originally expected. As a group, we expected people to be generally willing to help and intrigued with our research. In actuality, that has not always been the case. Some people we contacted did not feel as though they had the information to help us, such as the principal of Shelby County High School, but would pass our information along to people of the community he felt could contribute to our research. When we were connected with those people we were not always met with open arms. No one was ever rude to us, they just gave us the feeling as though contributing to our research was not as important as the other things they had to tend to. Usually, this meant they would pass the buck to someone else. This was what most of our time researching consisted of, contacting someone for them to tell us someone else to contact. Because of this, unfortunately, we have not made the progress we had hoped to make on this project.