TCU to embark on Civil Rights journey

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TCU is in the process of creating an oral history project of the civil rights movement in the state of Texas.

The project, titled “Civil Rights in Black & Brown,” will chronicle the struggle of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans and record the stories of those involved.

Project director Max Krochmal said the project will document the accounts of the people who were on the ground fighting for equality in Texas and to create an online database to make the interviews available for all.

Krochmal is the director of the project and an assistant professor in the history department. With help from the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, graduate students, and funding from the National Endowment for Humanities, Krochmal will go out and interview participants in all parts of Texas.

“Basically the idea is that most people in human history don’t leave behind written sources of any kind,” Krochmal said. “Many of the activists in the great social movement in American society in American history that have completely transformed our society, [they] didn’t even leave any records.”

Hundreds of interviews will be conducted in the coming years to expand the database and provide as many stories as possible. A book will also be written in addition to the website to serve as another way for the public to learn about the project.

The project is slated to be done by late 2018 or 2019. More information can be found on their website. https://crbb.tcu.edu