Community Interest Form

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Hello! Thank you for your interest in the Avery Research Center’s Documenting the Arc project. To continue its mission of preserving and documenting the Black experience of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture recognizes the need to be actively engaged in the collection of stories and records of the current civil rights movement. The Documenting the Arc project is an attempt to do just that. In 2021, the Avery Research Center applied for and received a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to conduct and make available video oral history interviews and a community submission portal.

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The project is interested in those who answered the call for justice between 2014 and 2020, beginning with the formation of Black Lives Matter Charleston in late 2014 through the local George Floyd protests and civil unrest that marked the spring and summer of 2020; with an emphasis on the period between the killing of Walter Scott and the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church. 

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This form will let the project team know what type of information and/or records you are interested in donating to include in the Documenting the Arc collection. We are inviting you to share poetry, short stories, videos (i.e. cell phone videos, mp4s, etc.) photographs (i.e. cell phone photos, print photos, etc.), protest signs, unique songs, or anything else that illustrates the movement, your story or the story of your loved ones, friends, and community members.  These archival submissions will help guide future collecting and interviewing initiatives.


If you have any questions, please see the FAQ here or reach out to us here.


TRIGGER WARNING: The following section poses optional questions or writing prompts intended to help the writing process or help you recall certain experiences that may unintentionally trigger traumatic feelings or memories about racial discrimination or violence. All of these questions or prompts are completely optional. You may skip this section altogether, skip around to those that may apply to you, or you may provide input for each one. There is no obligation to answer.

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