Visiting Documentarian Series: Emily Yellin and Darius Williams @ Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory
Apr 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

On Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30pm in Barnard Observatory, Emily Yellin and Darius Williams will give a public talk on their project Striking Voices, which tells the story of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ strike. From late March to early April, the Center’s Gammill Gallery will exhibit a series of portraits by Darius Williams that are part of the project.

Striking Voices is a multimedia journalism project centered around in-depth video interviews with the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers and their families. The photos, taken between 2015 and 2017 after each interview, are meant to portray the real, relatable people from that historic time, but also to show how present these heroes are in our modern lives.

Journalist, producer and author Emily Yellin and the Striking Voices crew are in the process of producing a series of video stories, based on their interviews, that will focus on the lives of these men and women who were on the front lines of an iconic American battle.

Striking Voices will roll out in the first four months of 2018 on TheRoot.com.



Documenting LGBTQ Histories in Mississippi – Oral History Presentation @ Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dr. Jessica Wilkerson’s graduate seminar on southern queer history will present “Documenting LGBTQ Histories in Mississippi,” an oral history performance and exhibit. Students will reflect on oral history interviews completed for the class and connect the interviews to broader themes in southern and American LGBTQ history.

Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.