Auburn University students to present Tuskegee-based research project in Washington, D.C. Dec. 2

AUBURN – Six students in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University will give a presentation on a community-based research project Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C., at the invitation-only Appalachian Teaching Project of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, a coalition of Appalachian-studies organizations throughout the Region, the program includes coursework and active student research on ways to build sustainable communities in Appalachia. This year’s conference includes presentations from students representing 14 colleges and universities in 10 Appalachian states. This participation strengthens critical leadership skills and engages young people as active participants in their communities.

The six students, Angela Cleary, Mary Afton Day, Blake Evans, Angela Garrison, Andrew Odom and Marian Royston, worked in collaboration with the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center to conduct oral history interviews related to the integration of public schools in Macon County as a result of the court case Lee v. Macon County Board of Education. The court case eventually integrated all schools in Alabama not already under court order.

“The year 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of this monumental court case, and the Tuskegee Center asked us to help collect oral histories related to integration, building on a project begun by Robin Sabino of our college,” said Mark Wilson of Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, and the 2011-12 Appalachian Teaching Project Fellow. “We are honored to participate in this consortium, and I think our project will continue beyond its original scope because of their hard work interviewing and creating transcriptions.”

A $4,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, along with additional funds from the College of Liberal Arts, will subsidize travel for the students to Washington, D.C.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, or ARC, is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president.

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