UF History

Resources on African American history, Anti-Racism and Racial Justice at the University of Florida are provided by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP). Content created at the University of Florida by students, faculty, staff and volunteers. Visit the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Digital Collection for a full library of resources curated by the University of Florida.

Oral History Interviews in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC)

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Dan Harmeling | 10/25/14

In this interview, Dan Harmeling talks about the Civil Rights Movement at UF and several student groups that took part in the fight for racial justice on campus

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Carlton Davis | 11/23/2011

Dr. Carlton Davis was one of the first Black professors hired to the University of Florida.

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Mildred Hill Lubin | 6/4/2009

Dr. Mildred Hill Lubin, a champion of UF’s African American studies program, came to work at UF at 1974 as a professor in the Department of English.



This SPOHP 2014 program celebrates those who fought for equality with a panel of Civil Rights Veterans and a showcase of stories from the Movement. Panelists include Dan Harmeling, John Due, Vivian Filer and Rosemary Florence. Moderated by Dr. Paul Ortiz.

Florida Black History: Where We Stand in the Age of Barack Obama

SPOHP 2009 public program featuring *Joel Buchanan* and including speakers Bernie Machen, Mrs. Evelyn Mickle, Zoharah Simmons, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and others. This program launched SPOHP’s African American History Research Project funded by the Office of the Provost.

The Stage Performance of Gator Tales

A play written by UF faculty in partnership with SPOHP. Based on 14 SPOHP oral histories with pioneering African American students at UF. Playwright and UF Professor Kevin Marshall adapted the oral histories for College of Arts MFA students to perform.


Mississippi Civil Rights Struggle of the 1960s as a Model for Change Today

Civil Rights History: A Workshop Discussion

Joint SPOHP-Delta State University Public History Panel in 2013 on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for today.

Chaos or Community: Where do we Go From Here?

Joint SPOHP-Delta State University public history panel in 2012 featuring Lawrence Guyot, co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

An Organizing Workshop with Lawrence Guyot

Guyot worked closely with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi. This organizing workshop was done for UF students.

Civil Rights and Black Power Legacies: A Roundtable Discussion

Joint SPOHP-Delta State University History Panel in 2009, Featuring Drs. Hasan Jeffries, Ohio State University, Curtis Austin, University of Oregon, Emilye Crosby, SUNY-Geneseo, Margaret Block and Zoharah Simmons.

Dr. Gwendolyn Z. Simmons: SPOHP, 50 Years, 50 Faces

Dr. Simmons discusses going to Mississippi in 1964 to become a civil rights movement organizer.

Audience Talk-Backs 

Audience talk-backs after the performances of Gator Tales. Talk-backs feature dialogue between performers, current students and Gator alumni.

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