Voices From Our America

Project Areas

VFOA

Panama

Panamanians of West Indian Descent

This segment of VFOA works to capture the beautiful and ugly experiences of modern-day Panamanian West Indians in their own words, and guides interested individuals and groups in using that material to expand awareness of these histories and stories in Panama and in the U.S.

Black Women Expatriates

This segment of VFOA works to compile scholarly and popular views of Black women’s mobility through interviews with, and educational workshops on, African-American and Caribbean women expatriates, migrants, and tourists. 

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United States

Preservers, Pathbreakers, and Pioneers

In every community there is someone, usually a woman, who everybody knows has old newspaper clippings, and has the history of the community in her house, whether it is because her children were kindof so involved with everything, or she was the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse of that place, or she is kind of a history buff. 

Wisdom of the Elders

The Wisdom of the Elders (WOE) began in 2012. The fundamental goal of the undertaking was to determine whether and how autobiography production can enhance and provide valuable data about African American seniors’ mental health, past and present.

Women of the Original IBW

This segment of VFOA works to collect, digitize, and celebrate the voices of the women who were active in The Institute of the Black World, a Black independent activist think tank active for a decade in the 1970s.

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Brazil

Black Women's Economy

Black Women’s Economies in Salvador Bahia, Brazil seeks to collect, compile, and disseminate narratives of Bahia’s black women’s lives to provide insight into the significance of this community that challenges many of the hegemonic notions of gender, race, religion, and national identity that have dominated Brazilian history.