This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 10 2019 7:36 PM UTC +00:00.
Rooted in Alameda is a public history project utilizing oral history, photography, archival preservation, and multimedia events and presentations to convey the historical experiences of African Americans in Alameda, California. Since the mid-1800s, the Black diaspora has called the island home, yet this history is not reflected in the popular narrative of the Island City
Historian and local resident Rasheed Shabazz is writing a book focused on race, geography, and housing and the experiences of African Americans. Over the past three years, he’s shared his research documenting Black experiences with audiences at local schools, the Main Library, and museums. Shabazz has also hosted walking tours and even a site-specific event at an Alameda park.
Rooted in Alameda will further explore this living history through oral history interviews with current and former residents and housing activists. As part of the first phase of the project, Shabazz will interview 10 people and transcribe the interviews. The transcribed and edited interviews will be made available online, and at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) and the Alameda Collection of the Alameda Free Library. As part of the project, Shabazz will also begin to collect, scan, and preserve photographs and ephemeral from residents to be made available digitally and at AAMLO.
This history has been ignored. Due to ongoing displacement and gentrification and elders passing away, these stories are at risk of being lost forever. We need your help to make these stories available for generations to come.
Risks and challenges
The greatest risks for the first phase of the project are elders passing away before being interviewed. Interviews will begin in April 2019 and are being scheduled based on priorities based pre-interviews, health concerns, etc. The timeline is very modest to reflect the project lead’s future graduate school schedule 2019-2021.
This is a five-year project that will ultimately culminate in year three with a multimedia performance based on the oral history interviews, and year five with a photobook using photographs collected in this phase of the project.
Phase 1 is slated to be completed in September 2020.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter