We are excited to announce that Remembering Black Dallas, Inc., in partnership with kinkofa, is one of ten 2023 Community Collections Grants recipients for our project, If Tenth Street Could Talk. The project is led by RBDallas president, Dr. Deborah Isaac Hopes, and kinkofa founders, Tameshia Rudd-Ridge and Jourdan Brunson, in collaboration with the Tenth Street Residential Association and a team of researchers.
If Tenth Street Could Talk follows descendants and residents as they work tirelessly to preserve the historic freedom colony's history and fight to have a voice in shaping the future of the community. By documenting contemporary community experiences and cultural activity, the project sheds light on key moments and community leaders past and present. This community-driven multimedia documentary and archival project centers the living memory and perspectives of Tenth Street residents and descendants through oral history interviews, GIS mapping, photography, digital storytelling, film, art, and genealogical research.
On March 1, 2023, the Library of Congress American Folklife Center announced that RBDallas had won a 2023 Community Collections Grant. The team will carry on the legacy of our late founder, Dr. George Keaton, Jr. in this work. Read the full announcement here.
Tameshia Rudd-Ridge voices kinkofa's support of the Tenth Street Residential Association (TSRA) and community at the S.O.S. Save Our Structures press conference in March 2023. During the press conference, the TSRA expressed concerns over several recent structure fires. The residents continue to fight for the right to define their community through neighborhood-led planning and preservation. Photo by Eboni Johnson/D Magazine.
Larry Johnson, Tenth Street Residential Association, and Tameshia Rudd-Ridge, co-founder of kinkofa, spoke to D Magazine about the origins of If Tenth Street Could Talk following the March press conference. It began with a call to action on a Juneteenth 2022 RBDallas bus tour. Read the full story here.
Photo by Eboni Johnson/D Magazine.
Tameshia Rudd-Ridge and Jourdan Brunson, co-founders of kinkofa, will speak on panel, Cutting Edge Technology, at this year's Aya Symposium. The symposium will be held at the University of North Texas at Dallas and online. View the schedule and register for the symposium here.
RBDallas and kinkofa are partnering with Voices of SMU (VOSMU), as well as SMU's Dedman College and Libraries, to teach 12 local high school students about archives and oral histories during a two-day field school titled, Emerging Historians: Preservation, Freedom, & Expanded Rights. The first day will include a tour of SMU libraries and archives. The second will include an oral history workshop. Stay tuned for the call for applications!
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