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Winter Break

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

My 2022 ended with a constellation of gratitude. Most of it was personal, but I also have a lot to be thankful for, professionally.

See a few professional highlights below:

  • The staged production, "HerStory: Carrie A. Tuggle's Story," debuted before students at Carrie A. Tuggle Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama. This project was a Women's History in Parks partnership with myself, the Birmingham National Monument (NPS), the National Park Foundation, Enon Ridge Development Association, Playwright Priscilla Hancock Cooper, Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, Michelle Craig, Adrienne Reynolds, and Alicia Johnson's "Make It Happen" Production Company. The production was recorded and will serve as an educational resource for students in Birmingham City Schools as well as for the Birmingham National Monument.

  • The publication of "The African American History Survey as an Intellectual Product," in the African American Intellectual History Society's Black Perspectives Blog.

  • The University of the South's Library listed my African American OER complication in their "Specialized Resources for African and African American Studies Instruction."

  • Students in my US History II Survey wrote some of the strongest research papers I've read to-date. We are building, brick by brick....every semester.

  • MC's Library and the Birmingham Public Library Archives helped me answer a research/archive problem that has been plaguing me since summer. Librarians are everything.

Last week I was invited by the Charles A. Brown [Birmingham] Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Birmingham Public Library to serve as a panelist for the Twentieth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture. Our panel focused on ASALH's theme for Black History Month this year, Black Resistance.

Panel Title: “Civil Rights Now: Birmingham Movements of Community Resistance”

My Presentation: "Redefining Resistance: Teaching Local History in Birmingham"

Click here for my presentation on YouTube

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