I talking about Oscar Mack this week at Valencia. I said yes to this while I was deep into my time as the Julian Pleasant Fellow at the Samuel Proctor Oral History program at the University of Florida. My thinking was a presentation at this stage would force me to get my act together and make a narrative that people can follow.
As always, thinking through a presentation helps to sharpen what you know and don't know about a story. The folks at Valencia made a great poster for my talk, but I often end up making additional visuals to capture an idea. The Truth and Reconciliation work done by community activists like Curtis Michelson and the other members of the Democracy Forum are a key part of the story and how I got involved. In truth, I should do a better job of pushing this work from teaching in scholarship. With big changes coming to my professional landscape, this will not be a luxury, it will be a requirement.
More to Come