Public History/Public Engagement
I have served in public history roles outside of the academy. In these roles, my work has centered narratives of resistance, community building, and Black histories.
At Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC), I was the oral historian and associate archivist, where I developed the 2016 oral history collection, curated the oral history component of the gallery show, "Home/Belonging: A Gathering of Narratives from Crown Heights African Diasporic Community," co-curated the exhibition "In Pursuit of Freedom," co-organized the mini-conference Diaspora Dialogues, managed the archival collections, and more.
At Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), I was the Project Coordinator of the Voices of Crown Heights oral history project, where I conducted oral histories, managed the community partnership between BHS, WHC, and Brooklyn Movement Center; organized public programming, trained community members as oral historians, and conducted research.
I am the former co-coordinator of Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change and still serve on its Core Working Group. Always working in the service of a better world, I have worked in grassroots organizations such as Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, The Brecht Forum, Brooklyn Movement Center, and the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.
I consult with organizations regarding museum exhibit development, historical interpretation, research, documentary production, community oral history projects, and community engagement more broadly.