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Oral history interviews are firsthand testimonies of people’s experiences of history. These interviews invite narrators (interviewees) to talk about their own histories, giving unparalleled insights into life decisions, actions, and experiences that may not already be part of the public record.

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    Carol Adams

    Educator, researcher, and Chicago leader

    Chicago, IL

    Eve L. Ewing
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    Carol Adams

    Adams discusses moving from Louisville to Chicago, her pivotal role in activism and community work, her fusion of sociology with social justice, and her transition toward capturing her rich life experiences through writing.

    Eve L. Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Milton Adams

    Theater teacher, basketball coach, and youth mentor

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Milton Adams

    Adams shares his journey from a challenging childhood in Albuquerque to becoming a beloved teacher in Portland, reflecting on pivotal moments of growth, the power of faith and community, and his impact in education and sports.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Camelia Adkins

    Texas native and civil rights advocate

    Farmers Branch, TX

    April Reign
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    Camelia Adkins

    Atkins recounts her East Texas upbringing, navigating racial integration, and her life in Dallas. Atkins also discusses family traditions, including Juneteenth celebrations, her nursing career, and surviving domestic violence.

    April Reign collection

    Farmers Branch, TX

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    Tina Valentín Aguirre

    Queer and trans activist, artist, and community leader

    San Francisco, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Tina Valentín Aguirre

    A Latinx activist in San Francisco since the late '80s, Aguirre reflects on their work in HIV/AIDS community services, confrontations with institutional misogyny and homophobia, and the power of chosen family amidst struggle.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Kelvin Alexander

    Human resources professional

    Rowlett, TX

    April Reign
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    Kelvin Alexander

    Alexander grew up in a large Texan family and reflects on foundational childhood experiences, his passion for human resources, preserving family legacies, the significance of Juneteenth, and teaching his children to give back.

    April Reign collection

    Rowlett, TX

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    Linda Alexander

    Church events coordinator and educator

    Rowlett, TX

    April Reign
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    Linda Alexander

    Alexander describes a childhood immersed in laughter and faith and experiences of navigating identity in diverse settings. She reflects on commitment to education, the cultural imprints of Juneteenth, her family legacy, and faith.

    April Reign collection

    Rowlett, TX

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    Felicia Anderson

    Educator, speech pathologist, and GEAR UP program administrator

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Felicia Anderson

    From Compton to Carson, Anderson details her upbringing amidst segregation, her parents' influence, her career in education, her mother's work with the American Cancer Society, and her father's path from a janitor to a curator.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Gina Anderson

    Retired train conductor, activist, and member of Las Buenas Amigas

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Gina Anderson

    From a challenging childhood influenced by loss and abuse to a vibrant life filled with activism and acceptance, Anderson reflects on navigating her sexuality, embracing her cultural heritage, and finding love in her sixties.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Tupili Lea Arellano

    Indigenous elder, queer activist, artist, and longtime social justice advocate

    Tucson, AZ

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Tupili Lea Arellano

    Arellano reflects on her journey from Tucson to the Bay Area, discussing her early activism, sobriety, engagement with Indigenous and queer communities, artistry, gender fluidity, and the life-saving role of LGBTQ+ spaces.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Tucson, AZ

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    Phil Armstrong

    Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Project Director

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Phil Armstrong

    Armstrong shares his journey from Bidwell, Ohio, to becoming a key figure in preserving the history of Black Wall Street in Tulsa. He discusses his upbringing, growth, and pivotal role in the Greenwood Rising History Center.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Denise Avant

    Retired attorney and National Federation of the Blind leader

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Denise Avant

    Avant reflects on her life journey, growing up with a visual impairment, and navigating independence. She discusses her passion for public service through law, advocacy, and her leadership in the National Federation of the Blind.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Harold Bailey

    Career educator, Afro-American advocate, and NAACP branch president

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Harold Bailey

    Bailey reflects on his life, including his childhood, facing racial discrimination, leading African American Studies at UNM, fighting for racial justice, and his tenure at the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Ellery Bakaitis

    Brooklyn-raised graffiti artist advocating for queer communities of color

    Brooklyn, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Ellery Bakaitis

    Bakaitis delves into their journey from Brooklyn graffiti artist to New Orleans drag wrestler, their queer identity, the impact of waterfront graffiti, and navigating life's changes amid familial and societal challenges.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Brooklyn, NY

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    Armando Banchs

    Educator and social justice advocate

    Dallas, TX

    April Reign
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    Armando Banchs

    Banchs reflects on his upbringing as an army brat with Puerto Rican roots, the dynamics of racial identity in Texas, his dedication to education and community work in Dallas, and his hopes for his children's future.

    April Reign collection

    Dallas, TX

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    Jan Bell

    Acclaimed public speaker, community leader, and family matriarch

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Jan Bell

    Bell reflects on her life in Los Angeles, childhood, debate competition accomplishments, motherhood, marriage, surviving racial violence, navigating grief, and lessons learned from engaging with different cultures through travel.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Ada Bello

    Activist, founder of Philadelpha Daughters of Bilitis chapter

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Ada Bello

    Bello reminisces about her early life in Cuba, moving to the US for education, and navigating life as a gay Cuban immigrant. She also discusses her activism and experiences co-editing the Daughters of Bilitis newsletter.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Joan Benoit

    Indigenous activist, community organizer, and Pride Grand Marshall

    Oakland, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Joan Benoit

    Benoit shares her experiences as an Anishinaabek Ojibwe woman, activist, and mother, discussing identity, Indigenous rights, community and LGBTQ+ activism, and her visions for future liberation and care inspired by her ancestors.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Ken Berry

    Educator, arts advocate, and founder of MLK tribute in Portland

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Ken Berry

    Berry shares his journey, beginning with moving to Portland as a child, evolving through education, music, and activism, and eventually forging a legacy in the city's Black community through education and the MLK celebration.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Daphne Bethel

    Retired librarian, youth mentor, and community advocate

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Daphne Bethel

    Bethel recounts her journey from Kansas to Portland, focusing on her contributions as a pastor's wife, community advocate, and educator, reflecting on nurturing young minds, community work, and her hopes for Portland's future.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Shereen Beverly

    OB-GYN turned financial services professional

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Shereen Beverly

    Beverly discusses her experience as a Black OB-GYN navigating inequities in healthcare, her childhood marked by activism, and her leap from medicine to financial planning, aspiring to empower Black financial literacy and wealth.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Rafaela Billini

    Public health activist, real estate professional, and arts enthusiast

    New York City, NY

    Denice Frohman
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    Rafaela Billini

    Billini reflects on her AIDS activism and housing advocacy, airline work, law school dreams, and facing pandemics. She shares her Puerto Rican roots, storytelling passion, real estate career, and finding love with Nitza.

    Denice Frohman collection

    New York City, NY

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    Kim Black

    Pastor, community service provider, and bereavement minister

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Kim Black

    With roots in Mississippi and Texas, Black details her journey to Portland. Reflecting on experiences of racism, gentrification, and displacement, she finds strength in her upbringing, education, and passion for music and poetry.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Nora Brooks Blakely

    Educator, writer, and playwright

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Nora Brooks Blakely

    Blakely shares her unique upbringing as the daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks, her journey from educator to children's playwright, and her ambitions as steward of her mother's literary legacy.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Ruth Boirie

    Brooklyn barber shop owner and LGBTQ+ advocate

    Brooklyn, NY

    Denice Frohman
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    Ruth Boirie

    Drawing from her life experiences in Brooklyn, Boirie shares her journey as a pioneering gay barber, reflecting on opening her own shop, creating sanctuary, and the importance of community, mentorship, and staying true to oneself.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Brooklyn, NY

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    Violet Bolden

    Denver-born Biological researcher

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Violet Bolden

    Brown discusses moving from Denver to Albuquerque, raising a family, breaking generational cycles, and pursuing education. She also reflects on racial and workplace challenges and the importance of Black cultural identity.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Alcena Boozer

    Portland native, educator, pioneering Black priest, and activist

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Alcena Boozer

    Boozer reflects on her upbringing in Portland's mixed community during segregation, her family’s resilience, her journey as a teacher and principal at Jefferson High School, her activism, and her calling to the priesthood.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    KB Boyce

    Transmasculine musician, artist, and activist

    Emeryville, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    KB Boyce

    Boyce shares his path from a shy, transmasculine kid in Brooklyn to a pioneering artist in the Bay Area. He reflects on the transformational power of punk rock and creating Queer Rebel Productions to uplift queer artists of color.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Emeryville, CA

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    Carl Bracy

    Retired insurance industry leader and advocate for North Tulsa's rejuvenation

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Carl Bracy

    Bracy shares his life story, from growing up in segregated Arkansas to becoming a trailblazer at State Farm Insurance. He discusses the Tulsa Race Massacre, the struggle for racial equality, and his push for development in Tulsa.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Nani Brooks

    Educator, principal, and advocate for special education

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Nani Brooks

    Brooks reflects on her Hawaiian childhood, becoming a principal in Los Angeles, her commitment to children with special needs, her battle with cancer, her faith, and her personal growth through returning to college after decades.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Velynn Brown

    Faith & Equity founder, anti-racist facilitator, and community healer

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Velynn Brown

    Brown recounts her life in Portland, Oregon, highlighting her family's deep roots in the community, struggles with maintaining identity amidst gentrification, efforts to preserve Black culture, and finding joy despite grief.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Vincent Brown

    Award-winning author and historian specializing in Atlantic slavery

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Vincent Brown

    Brown examines his journey from an imaginative child in Del Mar to becoming a distinguished historian at Harvard. He discusses his engagement with performing arts and his influential work on slavery and rebellion in the Caribbean.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Patricia Calhoun

    Interior designer, showroom manager, and youth development advocate

    Austin, TX

    April Reign
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    Patricia Calhoun

    Calhoun discusses her prolific career in interior design, experiences with discrimination, and pioneering Texas’ Juneteenth understandings. She also reflects on Austin's transformation and her commitment to youth programs.

    April Reign collection

    Austin, TX

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    Nicky Calma

    AIDS/HIV advocate, trans rights activist, and community leader

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Nicky Calma

    Calma charts her path from the Philippines to San Francisco, reflecting on transgender identity, familial challenges, navigating life in the US, her activism, struggles with substances, and HIV's personal and community impacts.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Ken Carson

    Banking commissioner turned entrepreneur

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Ken Carson

    Born in New Mexico, Carson reflects on his family's migration, his upbringing in Albuquerque, his successful banking career, and his eventual venture into the restaurant industry, which blends his Black and New Mexican heritage.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Charles Carter

    Albuquerque community servant and addiction counselor

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Charles Carter

    Carter recounts his journey from Chicago to New Mexico amidst struggles with addiction and homelessness—finding sobriety, becoming a substance abuse counselor, redefining family, and gaining power and resilience.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Margaret Carter

    First Black woman elected to the Oregon State Legislature

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Margaret Carter

    From a disciplined, hope-driven upbringing in Shreveport, Louisiana, to breaking barriers as the first Black woman in Oregon's Legislature, Carter reflects on overcoming systemic racism, her faith, advocacy, and community service.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Savannah Carter

    Medical technologist, entrepreneur, and advocate for the homeless

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Savannah Carter

    Carter reflects on the essence of being New Mexican through her own experiences, including moving from Chicago to Albuquerque, becoming a mother, and a career as a medical technologist, entrepreneur, and advocate for the homeless.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Nivea Castro

    Social justice attorney, educator, writer, and city council member

    Atlanta, GA

    Denice Frohman
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    Nivea Castro

    Castro shares her experiences as a Puerto Rican lesbian in the Bronx, her advocacy as a lawyer for LGBTQ+ rights, and her artistic endeavors in writing and photography while emphasizing the importance of mentorship and community.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Atlanta, GA

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    Joana Clayton

    Artist, educator, and UNM Women’s Center director

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Joana Clayton

    Clayton discusses moving from Texas to New Mexico, recounting her evolution from a young, imaginative child to a pioneering force in arts and community healing, creating inclusive spaces for marginalized voices.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Lydia Coleman

    Civil rights activist, pastor, mentor, and writer

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Lydia Coleman

    Coleman revisits her journey from the cotton fields of Arkansas to pastoring in Tulsa. She reflects on Civil Rights marches, the impact of race on education, and eventually finding her calling in ministry alongside her husband.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Stanley Coleman

    Pastor, veteran, civil rights activist, and church founder

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Stanley Coleman

    Coleman shares his journey through the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas, detailing struggles against segregation, the pivotal march to a white school, arrests, and the fight for respect and equality.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Stephanie Collins

    Lifelong educator and active Chicago Teachers Union retiree organizer

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Stephanie Collins

    Collins reflects on life in Chicago's South Side, her Jamaican heritage, her transition from student to dedicated educator, family, passion for teaching, and the joy of connecting with multiple generations of students.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Billie Cooper

    Black trans activist, veteran, and San Francisco community leader

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Billie Cooper

    Cooper shares her journey as a Black transgender woman, from her childhood in Philadelphia to her activism and advocacy in San Francisco, discussing military service, addiction, HIV, community leadership, and mentorship.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Gwenn Craig

    Civil rights activist and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights

    Daly City, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Gwenn Craig

    An African American lesbian activist, Craig reflects on growing up in the segregated South, her move to San Francisco, mentorship by Harvey Milk, leading a historic media campaign, embracing identity, and her ongoing advocacy.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Daly City, CA

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    Vincent Crisostomo

    AIDS activist and LGBTQ+ rights advocate

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Vincent Crisostomo

    Crisostomo shares his journey as a Chamorro gay man living with HIV since 1987, reflecting on loss, activism, breaking barriers, embracing his identity, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, and his vision for the future.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Juanita Croft

    Belle Haven native, educator, technology teacher

    Menlo Park, CA

    Caleb Gayle
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    Juanita Croft

    Croft shares insights into East Palo Alto's transformation through her own experiences at Ravenswood High School, the significance of Nairobi College, and her community's resilience and struggle against systemic barriers.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Menlo Park, CA

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    Phyllis Currie

    Pioneering Black internal auditor and adoption advocate

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Phyllis Currie

    Currie details her family's roots in New Mexico, their African and Jewish heritage, and her personal journey through loss and motherhood. She also discusses fostering a legacy of strength and caregiving amidst challenges.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Carol Davis

    Detroit native, insurance adjuster, and witness to Tulsa's desegregation journey

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Carol Davis

    Davis shares her experiences growing up in North Tulsa, facing racial tensions, discovering strengths through various jobs, raising children with strong values, and breaking barriers in her role at State Farm as a claims adjuster.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Kai Davis

    Fire Department Chief, community director, and queer space preservationist

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Kai Davis

    Davis delves into the vibrant history and evolution of Cherry Grove, Fire Island, sharing their insights into intergenerational queer support, community, systemic racism, and their personal journey with gender affirmation.

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    New York, NY

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    Margarette Davis

    Long-time Texas librarian and dedicated community historian

    Duncanville, TX

    April Reign
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    Margarette Davis

    Davis reflects on her familial origins in East Texas, her educational pursuits, challenges as a Black woman in the '60s to building a fulfilling career in libraries while raising her daughter as a single parent.

    April Reign collection

    Duncanville, TX

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    Tanecia Davis
    Diane Gayle

    Human resources director and law student

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Tanecia Davis
    Diane Gayle

    Gayle reflects on her move to Tulsa from New York, discussing cultural adaptations and evolving perceptions of home. Davis discusses her North Tulsa upbringing, evolving career, community shifts, and the changing face of the city.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Alexis De Veaux

    Multigenre writer and activist

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Alexis De Veaux

    De Veaux retraces her life from childhood struggles in Harlem to becoming a queer artist and writer. She recounts forming a Black queer artists collective, navigating the publishing world, and liberating experiences at Riis Beach.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York City, NY

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    Diana Dorn-Jones

    Affordable housing advocate and former COO of Albuquerque

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Diana Dorn-Jones

    Dorn-Jones reflects on her childhood in New Mexico, advocacy work in California, and return to Albuquerque to continue her parents' legacy in community activism. Her work includes housing reform and combating neighborhood crime.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Ceyenne Doroshow

    Trans rights activist, author, and founder of G.L.I.T.S.

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Ceyenne Doroshow

    Doroshaw reflects on her survival journey from homelessness and sex work to becoming a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, as well as her transformative experiences at Riis Beach, community organizing, and visions for the future.

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    New York City, NY

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    Raymond Doswell

    Public historian, educator, and museum executive

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Raymond Doswell

    Doswell discusses his upbringing in East St. Louis and career transitions, from teaching history, to his pivot to public history to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City to leading Greenwood Rising in Tulsa.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    C. Njoube Dugas

    Black non-binary activist and financial coach for communities of color

    Oakland, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    C. Njoube Dugas

    Dugas discusses their experiences as a nonbinary Black individual, their struggles with identity and societal expectations, the importance of chosen family, embracing spirituality, and advocating for respect and freedom.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Julian Dorcelien

    Brooklyn-born, Connecticut-raised owner of a historic guesthouse

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Julian Dorcelien

    Dorcelien discusses his evolving connection to Fire Island, the Pines, and Cherry Grove, touching on their significance for queer and Black communities and his commitment to maintaining safe spaces for queer people.

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    New York, NY

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    Ruth Eisenberg
    Letitia Gomez

    Attorney and prominent Latina gay rights activist

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Ruth Eisenberg
    Letitia Gomez

    Eisenberg and Gomez reflect on their intercultural love story—from their distinct backgrounds in Chicago and San Antonio to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, navigating family acceptance, and building a life together.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Scott Ellsworth

    Historian, Tulsa Race Massacre researcher, author

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Caleb Gayle
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    Scott Ellsworth

    Ellsworth describes first learning about the Tulsa Race Massacre and eventually becoming an influential historian on the subject. He reflects on his investigations, interviews with survivors, and hidden histories.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Ann Arbor, MI

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    Silvana Esparza

    Nationally-acclaimed Mexican chef and queer activist

    Baja Cali, Mexico

    Denice Frohman
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    Silvana Esparza

    Esparza shares her story as a Chicana lesbian, including her family history, struggles with acceptance, her journey in the culinary world, connection to her heritage through baking, coming out, and founding Barrio Café.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Baja Cali, Mexico

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    Laura Esquivel

    Chicana lesbian activist and community advocate

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Laura Esquivel

    Esquivel shares her journey as a Chicana lesbian activist and mother in Los Angeles, including discussions of gang life, organizing with Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos, co-founding LLEGÓ, her own legacy, as well as her mother's.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Raina Evans

    Rose Festival Queen, housing advocate, and community TV host

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Raina Evans

    Evans reminisces about her life set against an evolving Portland, detailing her vibrant childhood, struggles within the Black community regarding housing and displacement, and her impactful work in rental education.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Nina Farrow

    Black hair educator and empowerment advocate

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Nina Farrow

    From a military brat childhood to setting roots in Albuquerque, Farrow reflects on raising African American children, fostering community, her growth as a beauty professional, and her dedication to education and empowerment.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Ana Fernandez

    Latina lesbian advocate and medical care director

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Ana Fernandez

    Fernandez shares her journey from a childhood marked by a close connection to land in Cuba, to facing repression, to her escape via the Mariel boatlift. She discusses building a new life in the US, her identity, and her family.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Lemmel Fields

    Entrepreneur, world-touring road manager, and nightclub founder

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Lemmel Fields

    Fields shares insights on his life’s journey, from growing up in Tulsa's Greenwood, to road managing for renowned bands, to military service. Fields also shares his vision for a revitalized Black business district in Tulsa.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Lola Flash

    Photographer, ACT UP activist, and Fire Island chronicler

    New York City, NY

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    Lola Flash

    Flash details her journey from Montclair to Manhattan, delving into her childhood, passion for photography, experiences in LGBTQ+ communities, her transformative years in London, activism, relationships, and art practice.

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    New York City, NY

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    StormMiguel Florez

    Transgender trailblazer, musician, and documentary filmmaker

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    StormMiguel Florez

    Florez discusses discovering his queer, trans, and Latino identities, grappling with his relationship with his body and community, BDSM, drag, music, and performance art, while underscoring the importance of growth and respect.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Emma Ford

    Retired teacher, librarian, and host of Black Book Talk

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Emma Ford

    Ford discusses her Arkansas roots, family, journey to Portland, career in education, and her passion for literacy and community building. She also discusses Portland's evolution and her roles as a librarian and radio co-host.

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    Portland, OR

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    Kent Ford

    Black Panther leader, walking tour guide, and children's advocate

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Kent Ford

    Ford recounts his evolution from a Louisiana native to a critical figure in Portland's Black Panther Party. He details Party initiatives, reflects on personal experiences with police brutality, and shares his hopes for the future.

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    Portland, OR

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    Bernie Foster

    Veteran, journalist, and co-founder of The Skanner

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Bernie Foster

    Foster discusses his journey from a young boy in East Saint Louis to an influential publisher in Portland, his passion for photography, advocacy against racism, and commitment to Black voices through his newspaper, The Skanner.

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    Portland, OR

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    Billie Frazier

    Retired Portland educator and dedicated community mentor

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Billie Frazier

    Frazier discusses growing up in Portland, overcoming challenges in a single-parent household, forging a career in education as a history teacher and dean, and his faith, marriage, and vision for future Black educators in Portland.

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    Portland, OR

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    Reuben Gant

    Retired NFL player and community leader

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Reuben Gant

    Gant discusses growing up in segregated Tulsa, the Tulsa Race Massacre's impact on his family, his NFL career, becoming a cable television executive, working with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, and his vision for the future.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Norman Gayle

    Hospital operations executive and community activist

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Norman Gayle

    Gayle reflects on his move from New York to Tulsa with his family in pursuit of a better life. He discusses adapting to a new community, the city's changing face, and the virtues of raising a family in Tulsa.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Lynell George

    Los Angeles journalist, essayist, author, and educator

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Lynell George

    George shares insights into her evolution as a writer, exploring the tapestry of Black Los Angeles through intimate narratives, her personal connection to Octavia Butler's legacy, and a commitment to uncovering overlooked stories.

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    Los Angeles, CA

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    Jewelle Gomez

    Writer and television pioneer

    New York City, NY

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    Jewelle Gomez

    Gomez paints a vibrant picture of New York in the '70s and '80s using her experiences, including her first ventures to Riis Beach, navigating queer spaces, building community, and her engagements with theater and philanthropy.

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    New York City, NY

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    Letitia Gomez

    Attorney and prominent Latina gay rights activist

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Letitia Gomez

    Gomez recounts her experiences as a Chicana lesbian navigating activism and visibility in Texas and DC. She reflects on her role in the 1987 March on Washington, co-founding LLEGÓ, and her personal relationships and growth.

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    Philadelphia, PA

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    Marga Gomez

    Groundbreaking Latina comedian, solo performer, and LGBTQ+ advocate

    San Francisco, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Marga Gomez

    Gomez discusses her work as a comedian and solo performer, reflecting on her experiences navigating gender identity and age, her artistic evolution, and the impact of the AIDS crisis on San Francisco's queer community.

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    San Francisco, CA

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    Brendalynn Goodall

    Oakland native and LGBTQ+ rights activist

    Oakland, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Brendalynn Goodall

    Goodall discusses her work as a Black lesbian activist and reflects on her family's dynamics, battles for LGBTQ+ and elder rights, personal transformations, and the importance of community engagement, representation, and love.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Avel Gordly

    First Black woman elected to Oregon Senate

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Avel Gordly

    Gordly discusses growing up in Portland's, navigating racial and gender barriers in education, her path to becoming the first Black woman elected to the Oregon Senate, activism, and the power of women's networks.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Sharyn Grayson

    Longtime trans rights activist and TGI Justice Project leader

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Sharyn Grayson

    As a Black trans woman, Grayson reflects on her life, emphasizing the resilience and strength she honed from her upbringing. She discusses self-identity, activism for trans rights and health equity, and the power of chosen family.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Tatia Green-Goodwin

    Community advocate

    Dallas, TX

    April Reign
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    Tatia Green-Goodwin

    Born in Dallas, Green-Goodwin's story spans generations, from Juneteenth activism to changes in education and policing. Green-Goodwin also discusses her family history, activism, and the harsh realities of systemic inequality.

    April Reign collection

    Dallas, TX

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    Michael Grice

    Educator, documentary producer, and NEA Civil Rights Award recipient

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Michael Grice

    Grice offers a glimpse into his life, tracing his roots in Portland, reflections on racial experiences, connection to the railway community through his father, career in education, activism, mentorship, and friendships.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Tressa Gunnels

    Retired lieutenant, veteran, detective, and mental health advocate

    Corona, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Tressa Gunnels

    Gunnels reflects on her upbringing, military service, becoming a lieutenant in law enforcement, her work's physical and psychological impacts, the dynamics of policing, her transition into retirement, and her passion for travel.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Corona, CA

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    Mary Hamilton

    Retired educator and longtime North East Portland resident

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Mary Hamilton

    From a childhood in a large West Virginian family with modest means to moving to Portland, Hamilton reflects on her life experiences, including motherhood, work in education and fitness, and her role in church communities.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Marcus Hammons

    Plumber and advocate for Black history education

    Garland, TX

    April Reign
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    Marcus Hammons

    Raised primarily by his mother and grandmother in Texas, Hammons shares insights from his childhood to present. He reflects on single parenting, memories of segregation, and his evolving understanding of Black history.

    April Reign collection

    Garland, TX

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    Martha Hanks

    Educator, church advocate, and community archive builder

    East Palo Alto, CA

    Caleb Gayle
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    Martha Hanks

    Hanks shares her journey spanning decades in East Palo Alto, touching on her experiences as a child in segregated Louisiana, her significant involvement in education and activism, including her connection to the Black Panther Party.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    East Palo Alto, CA

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    Linda Harris

    Former superintendent, accomplished educator, and volunteer

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Linda Harris

    From Texas to Oregon, and from classrooms to executive offices, Harris reflects on her life's journey—her family's move, navigating segregated schools, embracing education, and rising through academia.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Lyle Harris

    Multimedia artist

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Lyle Harris

    Harris reflects on his upbringing in the Bronx, transformative years in Tanzania, his family and their involvement in anti-apartheid activism, experiences in Provincetown and Martha's Vineyard, and evolution as a photographer.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York, NY

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    Sylvia Ewing Harvey

    Leadership coach, poet, climate action non-profit director

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Sylvia Ewing Harvey

    Harvey shares her journey through adolescence and early adulthood, wandering from Erie to Florida and California, encountering love, danger, and self-discovery. She also reflects on her complex family dynamics.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Joseph Hawkins

    Louisiana native, Texas local, and general contractor

    Lancaster, TX

    April Reign
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    Joseph Hawkins

    Coming from a large family in Beaumont, Texas, Hawkins recounts his experiences with college life, entrepreneurship, and overcoming professional setbacks. Hawkins emphasizes the personal significance of community in his journey.

    April Reign collection

    Lancaster, TX

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    Serina Hazelwood

    Indigenous-Chicana writer on decolonization, rights, and sustainability

    Baja Cali, Mexico

    Denice Frohman
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    Serina Hazelwood

    Hazelwood shares her love story with her wife Silvana, detailing how their relationship evolved and underscoring how their relationship is a testament to joy, resilience, and the beauty of finding home in another person.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Baja Cali, Mexico

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    Pamelya Herndon

    New Mexico representative, attorney, and advocate

    New York, NY

    Ellery Washington
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    Pamelya Herndon

    Herndon reflects on her family history, the importance of fighting for social justice, her college experience, and her work as a New Mexico State Representative focused on gun safety, Indigenous rights, and children's welfare.

    Ellery Washington collection

    New York, NY

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    Garrett Hongo

    Hawaiian-born poet, memoirist, and creative writing professor

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Garrett Hongo

    Garrett Hongo reflects on his multicultural upbringing in Los Angeles, his journey as a poet, his experiences with influential teachers and literature, his family stories, and his connection to his Japanese-American heritage.

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    Los Angeles, CA

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    Ralph Hopkins

    Lindy hop champion and beach party organizer

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Ralph Hopkins

    From Newark to the dance floors and beaches of New York, Hopkins shares stories of his childhood, his passion for cooking, his achievements as an award-winning lindy hop dancer, and bringing people together at Riis Beach.

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    New York City, NY

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    Michell Houston

    Professor of nursing and Juneteenth historian

    McKinney, TX

    April Reign
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    Michell Houston

    Having journeyed from Chicago to Texas, Houston reflects on her family's history and her nursing career. She also discusses raising an adopted son, her transition to academia, and understanding Juneteenth's significance.

    April Reign collection

    McKinney, TX

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    Glenda Howard

    Tulsa native, integration influencer, entrepreneur, and ministry leader

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Glenda Howard

    Howard discusses her life journey, including her family's roots in Oklahoma, memories of racial integration, her entrepreneurial ventures, the legacies of Tulsa's Black community, and her hopes for Tulsa's future.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Every Ocean Hughes

    Interdisciplinary multimedia artist, writer, and art professor

    Stockholm, SE

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Every Ocean Hughes

    Hughes reflects on the influence of early personal losses, her journey through grief, and the transformative process of changing her name. She also discusses queer spaces and water's thematic presence in her life and work.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Stockholm, SE

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    Charnetta Hutson

    Portland mentor and performing arts ministry founder

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Charnetta Hutson

    Hutson reflects on finding her father, navigating life as a Black woman in Portland, her spiritual growth through Das PHAT Ministries, gentrification's impact on her community, her mother's legacy, and performing arts ministry.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Damon Jackson

    Texas native advocating for Juneteenth awareness and truthful education

    McKinney, TX

    April Reign
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    Damon Jackson

    Raised in Texas, Jackson reflects on the personal significance of Juneteenth and the importance of passing down cultural and historical knowledge. He also discusses his law enforcement career, his identity, and his children.

    April Reign collection

    McKinney, TX

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    David Jackson

    Acclaimed DJ and music industry veteran

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    David Jackson

    Jackson shares his journey from his childhood in Los Angeles to becoming an influential DJ and youth mentor in Portland. He discusses early music exposure, overcoming homelessness, mentoring at-risk youth, and evolving into a DJ.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Marshon Jackson

    Advocate for victims of domestic violence

    Arlington, TX

    April Reign
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    Marshon Jackson

    Jackson shares her experiences of finding healing, purpose, and strength as a survivor and advocate. Jackson also discusses her early childhood, her two sons, faith, and calling to help others, tracing many challenges and triumphs along the way.

    April Reign collection

    Arlington, TX

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    Sandra Jackson-Dumont

    Curator, art historian, and promoter of Black history and culture

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Sandra Jackson-Dumont

    Jackson Dumont reflects on growing up Black in San Francisco, her education, impactful roles in the art and museum worlds, including the Met and Seattle Art Museum, and dedication to integrating Blackness in her work.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Sandra Jackson-Opoku

    Author, journalist, poet, screenwriter, and novelist

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Sandra Jackson-Opoku

    Jackson-Opoku reflects on her formative years in Chicago, the impact of her African journey on her writing and worldview, her insights into the Black Arts Movement, and the evolution of her identity and creative expression.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Angela Jewell

    Retired New Mexico judge and Family Advocacy Center co-founder

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Angela Jewell

    Jewell shares her journey from childhood in Alabama, to becoming one of the first African American judges in New Mexico, touching on her family, education, navigating race and gender dynamics, and her contributions to the field.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Dana Johnson

    Writer and professor exploring gender, race, class, and identity

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Dana Johnson

    Johnson discusses her journey from a Los Angeles childhood marked by creativity and rebellion, through her academic advancement and struggles as a female writer, to her current life as an acclaimed author and professor.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Hannibal Johnson

    Author, attorney, and Tulsa history expert

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Hannibal Johnson

    Johnson shares his path from roots in Arkansas and Texas to becoming an influential Tulsa figure. He discusses his legal career, his role in commemorating the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Greenwood's role in the city's resurgence.

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    Tulsa, OK

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    Karen Johnson

    Daycare owner, librarian, and educator

    Plano, TX

    April Reign
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    Karen Johnson

    Johnson, a care coordinator from Texas with a passion for helping others, reflects on her journey through fashion and education. Johnson also discusses spirituality, making a positive impact, and giving and receiving grace.

    April Reign collection

    Plano, TX

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    Sara Johnson

    Literature and history professor, author, and mentor

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Sara Johnson

    Johnson reflects on her exploration of the Caribbean’s linguistic and cultural histories, her journey from Baltimore to San Diego, her transnational work in academia, and commitment to unveiling the interconnectedness of diaspora.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Sharon Jones

    Educator, musician, and family historian

    Houston, TX

    April Reign
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    Sharon Jones

    Jones traces her Texan heritage back generations, discussing the importance of family, education, and legacy. She sets her family's roots against a backdrop of racial history and social progress, emphasizing resilience and pride.

    April Reign collection

    Houston, TX

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    Sylvester Harvey Jr.

    Chicago native and retired park police officer

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Sylvester Harvey Jr.

    Harvey discusses his upbringing in Chicago and Brookhaven, Mississippi, detailing his experiences with racial tension, family dynamics, personal growth amidst societal shifts and finding oneself through service and travel.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Afua Kafi-Akua

    Professor and multimedia artist

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Afua Kafi-Akua

    Kafi-Akua discusses her journey from music and media to activism and education, involvement in New York's art and LGBTQ+ communities, connection with Fire Island, and commitment to celebrating diversity through her work.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York City, NY

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    Juba Kalamka

    Trailblazing musician, queer hip hop pioneer, and activist

    Oakland, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Juba Kalamka

    Kalamka offers insight through his experiences as a queer Black man, discussing the challenges and complexities of navigating bisexuality, parenthood, art, and activism while highlighting the importance of community and love.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Donna Kelly

    Portland local, dedicated volunteer, and avid traveler

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Donna Kelly

    Kelly shares her reflections on childhood, navigating the complexities of identity and race, her career transitions, and the evolving nature of social justice. Kelly also expresses her hopes for her grandchildren's future.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Christine Kim

    Influential curator focusing on artists of color and modern technology

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Christine Kim

    Kim details her upbringing in the Bay Area, her parents' immigrant journey, her work at Harlem's Studio Museum, her exploration of Black and Asian art, and recent projects that aim to memorialize and celebrate community histories.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Egyptt LaBeija

    Trans rights activist, Godmother of LaBeija, and filmmaker

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Egyptt LaBeija

    LaBeija discusses her life, including her childhood, surviving on the piers of NYC, familial acceptance, embracing her trans identity, and finding love and stability amidst chaos, forging a path of resilience and self-awareness.

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    New York, NY

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    Landa Lakes

    Two-spirit drag performer, Indigenous activist, and cultural innovator

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Landa Lakes

    Thomas, known as Landa Lakes, describes becoming a key figure in San Francisco's drag and two-spirit communities. They discuss early gender explorations, the first Native American drag troupe, and the impact of drag on activism.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Owen Lawson

    Documentary photographer and former history teacher

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Owen Lawson

    Born on Chicago's South Side, Lawson reflects on becoming politically conscious, the Civil Rights Movement, teaching in Mississippi, meeting Fannie Lou Hamer, and his lifelong work as a revolutionary journalist and photographer.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Valerie Leonard

    Community developer, financial consultant, and Illinois redistricting advocate

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Valerie Leonard

    Leonard details her early life, academic pursuits, advocacy for equitable community development, battles against discriminatory corporate practices, and her influential role in influencing tax increment financing policies.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    James Lewis

    New Mexico's first Black countywide elected official and state treasurer

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    James Lewis

    Lewis chronicles his life's work in public service, from overcoming segregated schooling to becoming the state's first black state treasurer, as well as his commitment to education and community betterment.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Michelle Lewis

    Wellness practitioner and co-founder of Portland's only Black-owned bookstore

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Michelle Lewis

    Lewis recounts her journey from a childhood in Portland to awakenings through military service and motherhood. She also details becoming a light worker and bookstore founder, inspired by ancestral wisdom and recovered histories.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Yoseñio Lewis

    Activist, educator, and advocate for queer and trans rights

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Yoseñio Lewis

    Lewis reflects on his journey of self-identification, from growing up feeling disconnected from his community to finding a sense of belonging, overcoming internalized prejudice, as well as advocating for trans and queer rights.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Glenda Love

    Former Ronald McDonald House CEO and community leader

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Glenda Love

    Love shares her experiences growing up in a changing North Tulsa, her family's history, her journey from librarian to leading the Ronald McDonald House, fundraising for Greenwood Rising, and her hopes for North Tulsa's future.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    John Love

    Historian, councilman, tennis enthusiast, and Juneteenth advocate

    Midland, TX

    April Reign
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    John Love

    Love discusses his upbringing, Masonic affiliation, and city council tenure, revealing his dedication to community service, fight against racial injustice, political aspiration, and maintaining a family lineage tied to Juneteenth.

    April Reign collection

    Midland, TX

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    Ayo Maat

    Disability justice advocate and faith practitioner

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Ayo Maat

    Maat reflects on her life, emphasizing her African and Native American heritage, experiences with disability, activism within disability justice movements, cultural influences, spirituality, and her role as a healer.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Lenton Malry

    New Mexico's first African American state representative

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Lenton Malry

    Malry reflects on his life experiences, including growing up on a Louisiana farm, teaching on Navajo reservations, becoming Albuquerque’s first Black principal, and his impact as the state's first Black representative.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Rudolph Malveaux

    Texas-born political consultant

    Austin, TX

    April Reign
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    Rudolph Malveaux

    Malveaux narrates his life story, tracing his intellectual upbringing, key influences, and his journey into political consulting. Malveaux highlights extraordinary encounters and experiences that shaped his activism and career.

    April Reign collection

    Austin, TX

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    Lisa Manning-Saunders

    FaithBridge director aiding women in recovery and healing

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Lisa Manning-Saunders

    Manning-Saunders reflects on healing from trauma, finding faith, and founding FaithBridge Portland, offering trauma healing designed for Black and brown women and girls, to bolster hope and the capacity to dream in her community.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Florene Marshell

    Advocate for foster children, human services expert, and retired shipyard worker

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Florene Marshell

    Florene Marshell reflects on her life, highlighting her strong family bonds, commitment to community service, and fulfilling careers in education and at the harbor. She also discusses photography and cherishing simple joys.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Crystal Mason

    Activist, artist, and pioneering Bay Area community leader

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Crystal Mason

    Mason shares their journey as a Black genderqueer elder, exploring their evolution from a Southern upbringing to activism in San Francisco, co-founding Queering Dreams, and expressing their identity through art and performance.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Kevin Matthews

    Senator, former fire chief, and founder of Greenwood Rising History Center

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Kevin Matthews

    Matthews discusses his roots in Tulsa, discovering his biological father, and becoming a pivotal figure in Tulsa's fire department. He reflects on overcoming addiction, his entry into politics, advocacy, and Black excellence.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Marla Mayberry

    Pastor, resource center manager, and education development leader

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Marla Mayberry

    Mayberry discusses growing up in North Tulsa and becoming the senior pastor of a Baptist church founded by her grandfather. She reflects on a changing Tulsa and sense of self, her husband's NBA career, and future hopes for Tulsa.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Joyce McClellan

    Chief Development and Diversity Officer at Tulsa Technology Center

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Joyce McClellan

    McClellan discusses her community-centered childhood in Tulsa, education and achievements in adulthood, work at American Airlines, leadership at the Tulsa Technology Center, and future aspirations in educational leadership.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Patric McCoy

    Retired environmental scientist, art collector, and documenter of Black gay life

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Patric McCoy

    McCoy details his experiences as a civil servant, inadvertent photojournalist, and prominent art curator and collector. He reflects on his childhood in Chicago as well as the profound impact of his father's artistic dreams.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Cathryn McGill

    Performer and founder of New Mexico Black Leadership Committee

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Cathryn McGill

    McGill reflects on her upbringing in Oklahoma, navigating racial tension, finding her voice in church choirs, and transitioning from artist to advocate, emphasizing the importance of visibility for Black communities in New Mexico.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Lila McKay

    Chicago native and advocate for early childhood development

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Lila McKay

    McKay discusses her early life at the Cabrini-Green projects, navigating teen pregnancy, fostering her children's education, attaining a chemistry degree at age fifty, nurturing her family, and her aspirations to open a daycare.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Yolanda Medina

    Literacy activist and nonprofit founder

    Murphy, TX

    April Reign
    Collection

    Yolanda Medina

    Medina shares her origins in Puerto Rico, navigating single motherhood in Texas, and her dedication to education. Medina also discusses language acquisition, financial hardship, and honoring her mother's legacy through service.

    April Reign collection

    Murphy, TX

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    Iris Melendez

    Co-owner of pioneering LGBTQ+ bar, Sammy's Place

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Iris Melendez

    Melendez charts her journey to Philly, navigating life as a queer Puerto Rican woman, mother, and co-owner of Sammy's Place. She reflects on her relationships, community work, parenting, overcoming adversity, and legacy.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Mary Midgett

    Black lesbian activist, veteran, and co-founder of the NIA Collective

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Mary Midgett

    Mary Midgett, a trailblazer in San Francisco's LGBTQ+ community, shares her remarkable path to becoming an esteemed elder. She discusses founding the NIA Collective, writing Black lesbian erotica, and building inclusive spaces.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Renee Mitchell

    Educator, poet, youth advocate, and former journalist

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Renee Mitchell

    Becoming a beacon of hope through her work with I AM M.O.R.E. and the Soul Restoration Center, Mitchell reflects on racial trauma and bullying, hardships and triumps, her career, and reclaiming spaces for Black joy and healing.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Lydia Moore

    Civil rights pioneer, educator, and local history advocate

    Manor, TX

    April Reign
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    Lydia Moore

    Moore reflects on growing up in a multi-generational home in Texas, tracing her family's history back to enslavement. She reflects on her education, activism during the Civil Rights Movement, and the significance of Juneteenth.

    April Reign collection

    Manor, TX

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    Dion Morrow

    Civil rights lawyer, acclaimed orator, and historian

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Dion Morrow

    Morrow discusses his early life, education, becoming a father during law school, balancing career and family, his journey from oratory contests to practicing law, and the communal and familial support that shaped his path.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Glynis Morrow

    Civil servant, Wilfandel Club president, and museum volunteer

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Glynis Morrow

    Morrow shares her journey from her New Orleans roots to achieving a master's degree and embarking on a fulfilling career in public administration. She also discusses her passion for the arts and her involvement in social clubs.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Gwendolyn Mosley

    Retired teacher and lifelong Albuquerque resident

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Gwendolyn Mosley

    Mosley details her life journey through the educational system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the Civil Rights Movement. She shares experiences of segregation, racial bias, and adapting to changing school environments.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Taura Musgrove

    Oakland school founder and multi-award-winning filmmaker

    Baltimore, MD

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Taura Musgrove

    Musgrove details founding an arts school in Oakland, becoming a film producer, navigating Sundance and Pixar, and a beekeeping sabbatical, all while never losing sight of her mission to uplift and inspire the next generation.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Baltimore, MD

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    Maséqua Myers

    Producer, youth arts educator, former Black arts center director

    Chicago, IL

    Eve L. Ewing
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    Maséqua Myers

    Myers reflects on migrating from Birmingham to Chicago at a young age, battling racism, pursuing a career in the arts, and activism, while sharing insights into self-esteem, identity, and the importance of living in the moment.

    Eve L. Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Sabelo Narasimhan

    NYC-based photographer and organizer

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Sabelo Narasimhan

    Narasimhan shares insights from their experiences as a queer, trans, and South Asian immigrant navigating New York's diverse scenes—recalling cultural shifts, Riis Beach, and reflections on identity, community, and belonging.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York City, NY

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    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Accomplished musician and Grammy Award winner

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Ndegeocello discusses her experiences with identity, the significance of water in her life, her work in music, her thoughts on nonbinary representation, and the connections between her personal history and her creative work.

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    New York, NY

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    Frances Negrón-Muntaner

    Puerto Rican artist, professor, and cultural critic

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
    Collection

    Frances Negrón-Muntaner

    Negrón-Muntaner discusses her role in documenting and preserving Puerto Rican LGBTQ+ history, the transformative power of community currencies, and her interdisciplinary work spanning film, writing, and academia.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Adrienne Nelson

    First Black female federal judge in Oregon

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
    Collection

    Adrienne Nelson

    Nelson shares her journey from Kansas City to Portland, reflecting on overcoming racial barriers, transformative encounters with Black leaders, her career as Oregon's first Black female judge, and her commitment to community.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Alondra Nelson

    Renowned scholar, teacher, policy strategist, and award-winning author

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Alondra Nelson

    Alondra Nelson reflects on her path from San Diego to DC, discussing Black Panther Party health activism, Afrofuturism, DNA testing, AI's social impact, and advocating for equitable innovation.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Esther Newton

    Anthropologist, historian, and author

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
    Collection

    Esther Newton

    Newton discusses her early upbringing in New York City surrounded by communists, her family history, navigating homophobia in the '50s, therapy, her academic journey, and the evolution of queer spaces and identities.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York, NY

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    Achy Obejas

    Lesbian novelist, poet, translator, and trailblazing journalist

    Benicia, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
    Collection

    Achy Obejas

    Hailing from Cuba, Obejas reflects on finding vibrant queer and activist scenes in the US, her path as a writer and journalist, race and cultural dynamics, activism during the AIDS crisis, and her role in the lesbian separatist movement.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Benicia, CA

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    Trinity Ordona

    Activist, scholar, and foremother of the API lesbian movement

    Seattle, WA

    Carolina De Robertis
    Collection

    Trinity Ordona

    Ordona discusses growing up in a large Filipino family in San Diego, becoming a figure in the Asian queer community, family acceptance, her activism, healing from sexual violence, and the significance of queer identities.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Seattle, WA

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    Natalie Owens

    Louisiana-born Pasadena resident and healthcare worker

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Natalie Owens

    Owens charts her own life experiences against the changing social and cultural fabric of America, describing her marriages, family dynamics, education, while offering an important glimpse at 20th-century Black life in Los Angeles.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Ray Owens

    Pastor, ethics professor, and advocate for education reform

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
    Collection

    Ray Owens

    Owens reflects on his journey, from being invited to Tulsa for an academic role to becoming a pivotal community leader. He discusses revitalizing Metropolitan Baptist Church as well as his involvement in education reform.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Andrés Ozzuna

    Trans Latinx immigrant business owner, baker, and tango dancer

    Oakland, CA

    Caro De Robertis
    Collection

    Andrés Ozzuna

    Ozzuna charts his journey as a trans Latinx immigrant, reflecting on childhood memories, migrating to San Francisco, founding Wooden Table Baking Company, and finding solace in tango amidst personal and professional challenges.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Monica Palacios

    Pioneering Chicana comedian and activist

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Monica Palacios

    Palacios discusses becoming a pioneering queer Chicana comedian, from her early stand-up to her solo performances, her work with VIVA Gay and Lesbian Latino Artists, challenges in mainstream and LGBTQ+ spaces, and mentorship.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Eleanor Payne

    Former associate dean, community volunteer, and education advocate

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
    Collection

    Eleanor Payne

    Payne shares her journey from a small town in Louisiana, through her college years at Grambling State University, to her roles in education and community service, to her involvement in local leadership and philanthropy.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Larry Payne

    Veteran, energy industry executive, and community servant

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Larry Payne

    Born in segregated Louisiana, Payne discusses his path to becoming a significant figure in the oil and gas industry, highlighting his experiences with school, military service, and challenging racial dynamics in corporate America.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Janetta Pegues

    Chicago native, librarian, and community advocate

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Janetta Pegues

    Pegues discusses her early life in Chicago's ABLA Homes, transformative experiences in Wisconsin and Haiti, becoming a respected librarian, the role of faith and community in her life, and her contributions to library services.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Nelson D’Alerta Pérez

    Drag performer, cosmetologist, and Cuban LGBTQ+ trailblazer

    San Francisco, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Nelson D’Alerta Pérez

    Nelson discusses her upbringing in Cuba, resisting school authorities, migrating to the US, her drag persona, and creating queer spaces. She reflects on the AIDS crisis, her cosmetology career, and her transgender identity.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Donna Personna

    Activist, drag peformer, artist and trans rights champion

    San Francisco, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
    Collection

    Donna Personna

    Donna Personna shares her path, from her Texas upbringing to becoming a celebrated drag performer and trans activist in San Francisco. She also discusses family, chosen family, overcoming stage fright, love, and contributing to history.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Richard Pettiford

    Educator, mentor to Black youth, and DJ

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
    Collection

    Richard Pettiford

    As a beloved figure at Jefferson High School, Pettiford reflects on his childhood, career, the role Black women played in his journey, navigating fatherhood, and witnessing the impacts of gentrification in Portland.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Emma Pettiford-Pearson
    Janice Henry
    Carmen Spratley

    New Mexico native, history keeper, and matriarch

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
    Collection

    Emma Pettiford-Pearson
    Janice Henry
    Carmen Spratley

    Pettiford-Pearson shares early memories of her pioneering family, her experiences with segregation, and community service. Her daughters discuss their own paths and cultural shifts in Albuquerque, highlighting family resilience.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Larry Phillips

    Albuquerque native, retired General Electric employee, and business owner

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Larry Phillips

    Phillips recounts growing up in a tight-knit Black community on Virginia Street, his father's journey from Texas to escape segregation, his high school love Becky and their eventual marriage, as well as his ambitions.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Cryille Phipps
    Maria-Elena Grant

    Long-time partners and visitors of Cherry Grove

    Fire Island, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Cryille Phipps
    Maria-Elena Grant

    Phipps and Grant share their evolution as a couple, reflections on gentrification in New York, cherished summers in Cherry Grove, and their pursuit of community, joy, and solace amidst changing landscapes and social dynamics.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Fire Island, NY

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    Adolphe Pierre-Louis

    Haitian-born photojournalist

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
    Collection

    Adolphe Pierre-Louis

    Pierre-Louis recounts growing up in Haiti and his path to becoming a distinguished photojournalist in New Mexico. He discusses encountering and overcoming racial profiling, his connection to his community, and bias education work.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Lydia Polgreen
    Candace Feit

    Beach lovers and Provincetown enthusiasts

    Brooklyn, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Lydia Polgreen
    Candace Feit

    Polgreen and Feit explore their connection to Provincetown, from their first visit to the impacts of gentrification to their personal reflections on water as a symbol of freedom and restoration in their lives.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Brooklyn, NY

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    Joe Powdrell

    Veteran, Albuquerque community leader, and NAACP President

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
    Collection

    Joe Powdrell

    Powdrell reflects on life in segregated rural Texas, his family's move to Albuquerque, his education and athletic achievements, and the establishment of a successful family business intertwined with cultural heritage and activism.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Rita Powdrell

    Historian, family business co-founder, and community researcher

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
    Collection

    Rita Powdrell

    Powdrell shares her journey from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Albuquerque, reflecting on her family history, early life, educational pursuits, and her work in highlighting Black history and contributions in New Mexico.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Chiquita Prudhomme

    Educator, community leader, and co-founder of Renewed Black Identity

    Richardson, TX

    April Reign
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    Chiquita Prudhomme

    Born on Juneteenth, Prudhomme discusses her upbringing in New Mexico, her move to Texas, and her career as an educator. She reflects on her family history and non-profit work focusing on Black identity and community empowerment.

    April Reign collection

    Richardson, TX

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    Josephine Quiñones

    Brooklyn-born DJ and Philadelphia community prevention worker

    Philadelphia, PA

    Denice Frohman
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    Josephine Quiñones

    Quiñones reflects on moving from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, DJing in the '90s, and embracing her Puerto Rican identity. She discusses the origin of her nickname "Cookie," lesbian Latina parties, and the importance of self-respect.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Pemon Rami

    Arts organizer, political organizer, Black theatre advocate

    Chicago, IL

    Eve L. Ewing
    Collection

    Pemon Rami

    Rami shares his journey from Chicago's Stateway Gardens to becoming a director, mentor, and advocate for Black arts and culture, reflecting on family, community, and creating a legacy that outlives personal ambition.

    Eve L. Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Rodger Randle

    Politician, mayor, professor, democracy center director

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
    Collection

    Rodger Randle

    Growing up in Tulsa, Randle's describes his childhood self as curious. Randle charts his progression from Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil to roles as a mayor and academic, sharing cultural and political insights along the way.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Jae Rice

    Deputy CEO of Brave Space Alliance

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
    Collection

    Jae Rice

    Rice recounts their journey, including transitioning in their 30s and becoming a prominent voice in Chicago's queer and trans communities. They also reflect on their activism, chosen family, and work with archives and Brave Space.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Rosie Riddick

    Civil rights activist, union founder, and city library board member

    Pflugerville, TX

    April Reign
    Collection

    Rosie Riddick

    Riddick shares reflections on her life, emphasizing the importance of education, activism, and cultural heritage. She discusses her participation in SNCC, overcoming discrimination, and oral history's role in preserving truth.

    April Reign collection

    Pflugerville, TX

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    Mellanique Robicheaux
    Tei Okamoto

    Roomates, healthcare advocates, DJs, and community organizers

    Fire Island, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Mellanique Robicheaux
    Tei Okamoto

    Robicheaux and Okamoto share tales of building a vibrant underground queer community in San Francisco, navigating love and loss, overcoming addiction, creating party spaces, and the evolution of their identities over decades.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Fire Island, NY

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    Shruronda Robinson

    Entrepreneur and community advocate

    Austin, TX

    April Reign
    Collection

    Shruronda Robinson

    Robinson traces her personal and professional growth through experience with activism, management, singlemotherhood, and helping found the Black Leaders Collective. Robinson also discusses community engagement and systemic change.

    April Reign collection

    Austin, TX

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    Nancy Rosado

    Orlando, FL

    Denice Frohman
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    Nancy Rosado

    Rosado reflects on her experiences during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, work in mental health support within law enforcement, retirement, advocacy work, and commitment to documenting history through photography.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Orlando, FL

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    Sheree Ross

    Financial wealth literacy coach, author, and screenwriter

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Sheree Ross

    Journeying from Ohio to New York, Ross' story reflects on experiences in the LGBTQ+ club scene, the importance of community spaces, financial literacy work, creative pursuits, and personally significant queer spaces.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York City, NY

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    Marsha Roy

    Social justice advocate, nonprofit leader, and champion for educational equity

    Garland, TX

    April Reign
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    Marsha Roy

    Roy shares her life as a Texas-born nurse, caring for patients with chronic and terminal illnesses, dealing with personal loss, and navigating experiences with racism. She also discusses her journey from Tyler to Garland.

    April Reign collection

    Garland, TX

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    Cheryl Russey

    Long-time educator and Albuquerque native

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Cheryl Russey

    Russey shares her deep roots in Albuquerque, reflecting on her family's legacy, her career as a public school teacher for 45 years, raising children in a changing city, and her community involvement through church and relationships.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Bamby Salcedo

    Trans rights icon and founder of TransLatina Coalition

    Los Angeles, CA

    Carolina De Robertis
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    Bamby Salcedo

    Salcedo narrates her life as a trans woman, reflecting on her childhood in Mexico, migration to the US, incarceration, and assault. She discusses her recovery, activism, leadership, and foundation of the TransLatina Coalition.

    Carolina De Robertis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Omowale Satterwhite

    Community-building specialist, nonprofit founder, and Kellogg Fellow

    Palo Alto, CA

    Caleb Gayle
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    Omowale Satterwhite

    Satterwhite delves into his Michigan roots, pivotal involvement in grassroots education, the formation of Nairobi College, and advocacy for community control, equity, and combating gentrification in East Palo Alto.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Palo Alto, CA

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    Jah Sayers

    PhD candidate, researcher, Riis Beach historian

    New York, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Jah Sayers

    Sayers shares their path to Riis Beach and environmental psychology, discussing the importance of physical spaces for queer communities, challenges in academia, evolving language on gender, and envisioning a future for Riis Beach.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York, NY

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    Anthony Scott

    Senior pastor, social worker, activist for Tulsa Race Massacre remembrance

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Anthony Scott

    Scott traces his life from childhood in North Tulsa to his calling into ministry, touching on experiences of racial discrimination in education, the importance of Black history, and advocacy for reparations and investment.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Chino Scott-Chung

    Trans rights advocate, veteran, and community builder

    Oakland, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Chino Scott-Chung

    Scott-Chung shares his experiences as a trans Chinese-Mexican man, discussing his identity's evolution, facing transphobia, coming out as a lesbian in the military, navigating masculinity and parenthood, activism, and grief.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Brenda Shaughnessy

    Award-winning poet and professor of English and creative writing

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Brenda Shaughnessy

    Drawing from her experiences as an Okinawan-Irish American, Shaughnessy discusses identity, loss, love, and artistic expression. She reflects on her upbringing, personal challenges, turns in her career, and her journey as a poet.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Joy Simmons

    Renowned art collector, philanthropist, physician, and mentor

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Joy Simmons

    Simmons reflects on becoming a notable art collector, radiologist, and advocate for African and African-American art, from her upbringing in Los Angeles to her commitment to mentoring future collectors.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Shalanda Sims

    Portland native, World Stage Theatre founder, and performer

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Shalanda Sims

    Reflecting on her upbringing, family, and work, Sims details unearthing hidden Black heritage in Portland, transforming her findings into enriching historical theater, and fostering community through her production company.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Shawnte Sims

    Maintenance supervisor, gospel choir leader, and community photographer

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Shawnte Sims

    Sims shares his journey from a youth passionate about electronics and sports, through leadership roles and early career explorations, to becoming a cherished community leader, devoted family man, and acclaimed photographer.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Melissa Smith-Hohnstein

    Clinical director, adoptee, and child advocate

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Melissa Smith-Hohnstein

    Smith Hohnstein reflects on foster care, adoption complexities, her search for and reunion with her biological family, motherhood, navigating identity, and the implications of her heritage in personal and professional life.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Tammy Smithers

    Philanthropist, scholar, and and Juneteenth Museum collaborator

    Houston, TX

    April Reign
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    Tammy Smithers

    Smithers reflects on her family, upbringing, and the community that shaped her. She details her professional path from philanthropy to wealth management and her recent work, including with the National Juneteenth Museum.

    April Reign collection

    Houston, TX

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    Peggy Sostand

    Beaumont native and advocate for family history and community connection

    Garland, TX

    April Reign
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    Peggy Sostand

    Sostand shares her story, starting with her Texas roots, upbringing, and family history. Sostand emphasizes the importance of Black history, community, and Juneteenth, and advocates for education, mentorship, and preservation.

    April Reign collection

    Garland, TX

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    Thomas Starke

    LA native, former commercial driver, and case manager at Midnight Mission

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Thomas Starke

    Starke discusses his journey through addiction, incarceration, and recovery, as well as the transformative power of acceptance and love and his impactful role as a case manager at the Midnight Mission.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Calvin Stephens

    Texas-born teacher

    Dallas, TX

    April Reign
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    Calvin Stephens

    Stephens reflects on his upbringing, building a legacy as an entrepreneur and advocate for minority business development, military service, education, the genesis of Juneteenth rodeos, and the importance of family and community.

    April Reign collection

    Dallas, TX

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    Sandra Stephens

    Civil rights officer and education advocate

    Dallas, TX

    April Reign
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    Sandra Stephens

    Stephens shares her journey from her childhood in East Texas, her college experiences, embarking on a career in civil rights, meeting her husband serendipitously in Dallas, and the importance of community and legacy.

    April Reign collection

    Dallas, TX

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    Vada Tate

    New Orleans native, government retiree, and world traveler

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Vada Tate

    Drawing from a lifetime of experiences, Tate reflects on being a military spouse, raising four children, embracing life in the desert, finding strength in faith, her government career, and her values.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Mariah Taylor

    Portland community servant, clinic founder, and Oprah awardee

    Portland, OR

    Renée Watson
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    Mariah Taylor

    Taylor shares her life story, from immigrating to Vanport as a child and surviving the 1948 flood, to becoming a nurse and activist, reflecting on family history, faith, musical passions, and serving Portland's underprivileged.

    Renée Watson collection

    Portland, OR

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    Wendy Thomas

    Tulsa arts promoter and community development advocate

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Caleb Gayle
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    Wendy Thomas

    Thomas shares her journey from New York, to Oklahoma, her studies at the University of Tulsa, and her rise in the arts and nonprofit sector. She also discusses commitments to community advancement, diversity, and inclusivity.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Ann Arbor, MI

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    Beverly Thompson

    Former Tulsa pastor, entrepreneur, and public school administrator

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Beverly Thompson

    From Tulsa to Dallas, Thompson charts her journey across decades, discussing the realities of growing up impoverished, conflicting narratives, embracing entrepreneurship, and navigating dual roles as a pastor and businesswoman.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Lowell Thompson

    Movie producer, artist, writer, and advertising pioneer

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Lowell Thompson

    Thompson recounts his journey through the world of advertising, from his beginnings in Robert Taylor Homes to becoming an influential creative in major agencies, sharing insight on his creative process and campaigns.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Francisco Treviño

    Nonprofit leader and former head of Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Francisco Treviño

    Born in Monterrey, Treviño reflects on culturally adapting to Oklahoma, challenges in the education system, and his extensive community work focusing on immigrant rights, preservation, and cross-community understanding.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Alina Troyano

    Playwright, performance artist, and actress

    Atlanta, GA

    Denice Frohman
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    Alina Troyano

    Troyano reflects on her journey from Havana to New York, the creation of Carmelita Tropicana, her path through performance art, theater, and activism, and the crucial role of community and mentorship in her artistic development.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Atlanta, GA

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    Kitty Tsui

    Poet, activist, former bodybuilder, and API lesbian movement pioneer

    Oakland, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Kitty Tsui

    Having journeyed from Hong Kong to the US, Tsui reflects on her identity as a lesbian, her work as an author and activist, her experiences with discrimination, BDSM, aging, authenticity, and making a mark on her community.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Oakland, CA

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    Nitza Tufiño

    Muralist, activist, and founder of El Museo del Barrio

    New York City, NY

    Denice Frohman
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    Nitza Tufiño

    Tufiño shares her life journey as a visual artist, educator, and activist. She reflects on her Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage, her transformative love story with her wife, and the career challenges and triumphs she has faced.

    Denice Frohman collection

    New York City, NY

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    Lana Turner-Addison

    Educator, advocate for equity in education, and non-profit leader

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Lana Turner-Addison

    Addison shares her journey from growing up in North Tulsa's projects to becoming a community advocate. She discusses founding the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative, visions for equitable education, and gentrification.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Don Tyler

    Pastor and community activist

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
    Collection

    Don Tyler

    From engineering to pastoral leadership, Tyler details his career progression and efforts to transform North Tulsa through education, safety, and fostering community development despite racism and economic disparity.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Vivian Varela

    Non-binary, two-spirit elder and queer rights champion

    Garden Grove, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Vivian Varela

    Varela discusses growing up with food insecurity, missionary work in Latin America, leaving home, coming out, attending a pivotal conference, and identifying as non-binary and two-spirit at age 65.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Garden Grove, CA

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    Adela Vázquez

    Trans rights activist, drag performer, and mentor

    San Francisco, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Adela Vázquez

    Vázquez shares her journey from Cuba to San Francisco as a queer immigrant, overcoming institutionalized homophobia, becoming Miss Gay Latina in 1992, transitioning, her activism with Las AtreDivas, and her hopes for the future.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    San Francisco, CA

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    Myrna Villalobos
    Nancy Rosado

    Orlando, FL

    Denice Frohman
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    Myrna Villalobos
    Nancy Rosado

    Villalobos and Rosado share their unique love story, weaving through careers in the NYPD and US Army, coming to terms with their identities, navigating challenging spaces, and finding resilience through their relationship.

    Denice Frohman collection

    Orlando, FL

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    Linda Villarosa

    Author and journalist spotlighting healthcare inequalities

    New York City, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
    Collection

    Linda Villarosa

    Villarosa reflects on growing roots in Chicago, facing racial hostility in Denver, evolving as a Black lesbian in New York, her journalism career with a focus on health, and fighting against the invisibility of Black narratives.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    New York City, NY

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    Leonard Waites

    Former D1 athlete, corporate manager, and MLK Commission director

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Leonard Waites

    Waites discusses growing up in Albuquerque, his family's migration from Texas, his athletic pursuits, and his career path from manufacturing to becoming the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Donald Walker

    Military veteran, dental hygienist, USPS worker, and New Mexico historian

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Donald Walker

    Walker reflects on his family's history, including their unexpected settlement in Albuquerque due to a wagon breakdown, his experience growing up in a rapidly changing city, his military service, and his connection to his church.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Ron Wallace

    Photographer, Christian leader, and publisher of Perspective magazine

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Ron Wallace

    Wallace reflects on his early life, the broader family dynamics that shaped him, his educational ventures, and the pivotal role he played in documenting and uplifting Black experiences through his publications and photojournalism.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Nellie Ward

    Trailblazing optician, cybersecurity professional, and educator

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Nellie Ward

    Ward details her journey from Memphis to Albuquerque, sharing her struggles and successes, including overcoming discrimination, advancing from custodial work to a top cybersecurity position, and her community involvement.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Clarence Washington

    Retired engineer, faith-based author, and pastor

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Clarence Washington

    Washington shares his journey from Chicago to Albuquerque in 1964, discussing his work at Sandia Labs, efforts to enhance the local Black community, the joy of fishing in New Mexico's lakes, and his work as an author and pastor.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Donna Washington

    Health researcher, professor, and advocate for underserved populations

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Donna Washington

    Donna Washington discusses her journey from a childhood in Queens to a renowned medical career, touching on her education, female veterans and health equity, as well as the joys and challenges of adoption for same-sex couples.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Janice Washington

    Minister and musician

    Albuquerque, NM

    Ellery Washington
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    Janice Washington

    Mangram-Washington reflects on her experiences as a Black woman in Albuquerque, her family's migration and business ventures, her musical talent, as well as her educational journey and ministry work.

    Ellery Washington collection

    Albuquerque, NM

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    Rose Washington-Jones

    Educator and federal reserve deputy chair

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Rose Washington-Jones

    Washington-Jones reflects on her upbringing in rural Mississippi and her path to becoming a transformative leader in Tulsa's economic development. She also discusses heritage, education, banking, academia, and community.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Harry Waters

    Actor, educator, and advocate for Black theater

    Minneapolis MN

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Harry Waters

    Waters shares his life story—growing up as a Black Lutheran in Denver, his experiences in New York before AIDS, his family and career transitions, activism, navigating his sexual identity, and his impact on theater and community.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Minneapolis MN

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    Ruby Watkins

    Great Migration participant, community elder, and kindness advocate

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Ruby Watkins

    Born in Fort Worth, Watkins reflects on segregation, moving to California as a teen, working in a fish cannery, marrying, nurturing a family of seven in Compton, the power of walking, and the importance of respect and community.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Floyd Webb

    Film professional, photographer, and founder of Blacklight Festival

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Floyd Webb

    Webb reflects on witnessing the Great Migration, becoming a photojournalist and filmmaker influenced by social movements, his encounters with Fred Hampton, and the impact of historical figures and events on work and philosophy.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Patricia Welch

    Retired library head, African American Read-In founder, and radio co-host

    Baltimore, MD

    Renée Watson
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    Patricia Welch

    Welch fondly reflects on her Baltimore childhood, surrounded by a tight-knit Black community, as well as her career as a librarian, and North Portland Library's growth into a hub of Black culture amidst gentrification.

    Renée Watson collection

    Baltimore, MD

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    Joy West

    Chicago native and physician

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Joy West

    West discusses growing up in Altgeld Gardens, discovering her passion for medicine and becoming an OB-GYN focused on maternal health disparities, her commitment to community service, and the importance of love and support.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    Fresh "Lev" White

    Compassion activist, diversity trainer, drag king, and trans advocate

    Berkeley, CA

    Caro De Robertis
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    Fresh "Lev" White

    White reflects on life as a trans man, mindfulness, and striving for love and compassion. He shares insights on racism, chosen family, and self-love, as well as his roles in LGBTQ+ and POC communities and visions for the future.

    Caro De Robertis collection

    Berkeley, CA

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    Mary White

    Educator and university chair

    Houston, TX

    April Reign
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    Mary White

    White discusses her experiences raising two sons as a single mother in Texas, navigating educational challenges and societal stigmas, building a career as an educator, and advocating for student-centered learning.

    April Reign collection

    Houston, TX

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    Edra Widener

    Retired teacher and family matriarch

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Edra Widener

    Widener recounts her early days in Los Angeles, educational ventures, and roles as a teacher, parent, and grandparent. She also discusses her family's migration history, her racial identity, and her spirituality.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Mike Widener

    History professor of Black studies

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Mike Widener

    Widener shares his life journey, from growing up in Oroville and Watts to his 42-year tenure at Compton College. He discusses his family history, experiences with racism, his career in education, and reuniting with his wife, Edra.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Joseph Wignarajah
    Jeya Wignarajah

    Retired engineer, Unitarian Church member, and world travelers

    Tulsa, OK

    Caleb Gayle
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    Joseph Wignarajah
    Jeya Wignarajah

    Wignarajah recounts their tumultuous journey from Sri Lanka to Tulsa, detailing memories of childhood, immigration, and building a multifaceted life in the United States, underscored by resilience, adaptation, and family.

    Caleb Gayle collection

    Tulsa, OK

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    Robert Williams

    Teacher, writer, and photographer

    Los Angeles, CA

    Robin Coste Lewis
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    Robert Williams

    Williams details his upbringing in Pasadena, his experiences growing up as a Black man, exploring his sexuality, artistic endeavors, friendships, and his family's history—including connections to the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Robin Coste Lewis collection

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Roxy Williamson

    Teacher and Juneteenth advocate

    Galveston, TX

    April Reign
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    Roxy Williamson

    Williamson recounts her Texan roots, discovering her Black identity at Savannah State, her activism preserving Juneteenth's legacy and combating gerrymandering, battling cancer, family influence, and the importance of community.

    April Reign collection

    Galveston, TX

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    Robin LaVerne Wilson

    Filmmaker, activist, and choir member

    Converse, TX

    April Reign
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    Robin LaVerne Wilson

    Wilson shares her journey from Texas to New York and back, exploring identity, activism, and the complexities of family relationships. She discusses academic pursuits, work as a political artist, and caring for her mother.

    April Reign collection

    Converse, TX

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    Joycetta Woods

    Arkansas-born telephone operator and Chicago resident

    Chicago, IL

    Eve Ewing
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    Joycetta Woods

    Woods narrates her life path, from her childhood on an Arkansas farm to her move to Chicago during the Great Migration. She discusses the challenges of segregation, her education, work experiences, and the changes she witnessed.

    Eve Ewing collection

    Chicago, IL

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    # Black Power and Civil Rights

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    Quito Ziegler

    Activist, photographer, and advocate for trans rights

    Brooklyn, NY

    Jenna "J" Wortham
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    Quito Ziegler

    Ziegler discusses their experiences as a nonbinary individual, deep connection to Riis Beach, and efforts towards community safety and land stewardship, highlighting the importance of queer sanctuary and preservation.

    Jenna "J" Wortham collection

    Brooklyn, NY

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