On Television

Tampa activist/historian Otis R. Anthony
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.

On the Radio

USF Theater student Kristen Kochanik
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.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

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.


For more information

African American Oral History Project:
Special thanks to Otis R. Anthony and the USF Library: Director of Special & Digital Collections Dr. Mark Greenberg, Oral History Program Coordinator Catherine Cottle, Assistant to the Director Elizabeth Tucker and Assistant Director of Communications Eileen Thornton.

Photos & audio courtesy USF Library's Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project.

Special and Digital Collections, USF Library
813-974-2731 spcinfo@lib.usf.edu

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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