Oral History for Social Change
While an oral history can focus on a single individual or a group of individuals, the resulting projects and their results can often go beyond merely a recording of data. The results of such projects provide researchers with patterns, common themes and very often, solutions to issues. Oral histories can cover a broad range of topics
: higher education and African Americans such as the Black Villanova Oral History Project
; gender, race and professional attainment, Schlesinger Library Black Women Oral History Project Interviews
; environmental issues, government policy and race such as Flint Michigan Water Crisis
a national nonprofit dedicated to public service through listening projects that honor the significance of the singular and collective community voice. These sorts of projects require members of community to listen, but also to connect and followup through panel and group discussions, surveys and other community events to generate awareness and solutions. Whether you choose to participate through a small project or a big one, these projects confirm that everyone's history can be meaningful and impactful.