Guide to the Black Power Oral History Project Collection

Special Collections & Archives
University Library
California State University, Northridge
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Black Power Oral History Project Collection
Identifier/Call Number: TBC.BPOH
Physical Description: 123 Gigabytes
Date (inclusive): 2015-2020
Abstract: The Black Power Oral History Project Collection consists of oral histories documenting the experiences of Black Power activists in Los Angeles during the twentieth century.
Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

The Black Power Oral History Project Collection consists of oral histories documenting the experiences of Black Power activists in Los Angeles.
This collection offers invaluable first-hand accounts and perspectives about an important historical era. However, some of these materials may pose ethical and emotional challenges. The content may reflect attitudes, language, and norms that may not align with current standards. Viewers may encounter harmful representations, offensive terminology, and descriptions of traumatic events.
It is critical to approach these complex narratives with thoughtfulness and empathy. The interviewees have lived through times of systemic oppression and community tension. Their words capture the realities of marginalization as well as pride in identity and culture. While certain expressions may be difficult to understand or appreciate, they carry significance within the communities represented. Handled with care, these unfiltered accounts offer clarity and humanize experiences that must not be forgotten.
Interviews were conducted by Dr. Keith Rice and Dr. Karin Stanford from 2015 to 2020, and transcribed by students in 2020 and 2021.
The collection is arranged by interviewee's last name in alphabetical order at the folder level.

Existence and Location of Copies

Clips of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center's Black Power Archives Oral History Project.  

Conditions Governing Access

Interviews in this collection may be viewed in the University Library's Special Collections and Archives reading room only. No duplications are allowed unless reviewed and approved by the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

For information about citing items in this collection, consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information

Elizabeth Peattie, 2023
Transcription of the oral histories by students in 2021 was made possible with funding from the CSUN Diversity and Equity Innovation Grant.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Audiovisual materials


Digital Folder

Alexander, Deacon, 2019 August 14

Digital Folder

Ali, Ngoma, 2015 November 6; 2015 November 14; 2015 November 22; 2016 February 21

Digital Folder

Arafat, Bernard, 2020 December 29

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Davis, Kicheko, 2016 January 4

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Floyd, John, 2019 March 31; 2019 April 13

Digital Folder

Johnson, Joseph, 2018 October 18

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Kumasi, 2018 June 3; 2018 August 25

Digital Folder

Kumasi, 2019 March 17; 2019 April 27

Digital Folder

Stiner, Larry (Watani), 2016 October 21

Digital Folder

Stokes, William and Monroe Jones, 2016 September 21

Digital Folder

Stokes, William, Monroe Jones, and Wallace Grissette, 2016 July 8