Recently, an oral history project documenting the stories of Northern Virginians who participated in the civil rights movement was released to the public. The Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive: Personal Histories of Struggle and Achievement in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be available at the library of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, the Fairfax County Library, the Prince William County Library, and the Library of Congress. The archive includes more than 50 hours of videotape interviews.
Debra Lattanzi Shutika, a professor of English at George Mason University who was involved with the oral history project stated that the project “is important to Mason because it gives our students firsthand experience collecting primary research through oral history and ethnography, and then preparing that research for a digital research archive.”
Below is a brief video showing U.S. Congressman Gerald Connolly giving more details on the project.