African American Oral History Project / Interns in Wonderland

African American Oral History Project

Once nearly abandoned in a garage, almost one hundred interviews with prominent members of Tampa’s African American community have now found a home at the University of South Florida. This week’s University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the new “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project” and shows you how one man’s dream is helping students and the community.

Interns in Wonderland

A number of USF students are learning the ins and outs of professional theater as they intern with the new musical, “Wonderland,” at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM takes you through the looking glass to find out how the experience is helping them decide their future career paths.

Video Extras


Clips from some of the oral histories featured in the “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project,” including Rev. A. Leon Lowry, Bettye Davis, Augusta Thomas and Clarence Fort. (WARNING: contains adult language)

Otis R. Anthony talks about how his time at USF inspired him to collect the oral histories.

Otis R. Anthony says the Project looks into Tampa’s history well before the 1900’s.

Dr. Mark Greenberg, Director of USF Libraries Special & Digital Collections, talks about what it takes to put together a collection of oral histories like this. Also, Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez with the USF Dept. of Africana Studies talks about the importance of the Project.

More Information: 

Special and Digital Collections, USF Library
Interns in Wonderland:
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Box Office:
813-229-STAR (7827) or 800-955-1045 outside the Tampa Bay area
“Wonderland” is playing at the Straz Center through January 3, 2010

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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