This spring, Voice of Witness worked with more than 20 California schools, providing curricula support and assistance to students and teachers creating dynamic oral history projects in their communities. Classroom projects highlighted oral history’s capacity for personal transformation, critical thinking, and community building. These projects included:
* San Lorenzo High School, San Lorenzo, CA: Students presented The Russell City Project, a documentary theatre piece created from student-led oral history interviews.
* Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA: Students hosted their second annual Human Rights Exhibition featuring the stories of underrepresented members of society. The exhibition was the culmination of an oral history and service-learning project.
* Envision Academy, Oakland, CA: Students conducted oral history interviews in neighborhoods throughout Oakland, showcasing narratives from their community through photo essay books and websites.
The Voice of Witness Education Program brings socially relevant, oral history-based curricula into schools throughout the U.S.through holistic curricula support, site visits, workshops, trainings, and more. For more information on bringing Voice of Witness into your classroom, contact Cliff Mayotte.