Hi everyone! I have been incredibly busy these past few weeks at WYSO. I’ve been working on a lot of projects, but perhaps the most exciting one I have been doing has been collaborating with Community Voices graduate and WYSO producer, Jocelyn Robinson, on a piece for Antioch College’s current Herndon Gallery exhibit Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change—Activate Now! The exhibition aims to promote creative dialogue about historical and contemporary activism. It contains work from invited artists, Stephan Marc and Ken Jacobs, and also hosts work from students, faculty, staff, and the community.
The project that Jocelyn and I have been working on is a walking tour of activism around Yellow Springs and Antioch College, titled Marching On. We pulled audio from the WYSO archives that had to do with historical, local civil rights activities and then cut the audio into short excerpts. Jocelyn then wrote about each location that the audio was taken from, or the location that the audio was talking about, such as Gegner’s barber shop, a barber shop in Yellow Springs that refused to cut the hair of black people in the 1960s.
We then found pictures of the locations or persons described in the audio and uploaded everything to the web. After we had the web pages online, a total of eight, we made QR codes and put them up around town and the Antioch College campus. Each QR code is in the location that the audio describes or where it was recorded. So, if you go up to one of the QR codes and scan it with your smart phone, it will pull up a webpage on the WYSO website that gives a history of the location plus the archived WYSO audio.
Zane Reichert, Jocelyn’s nephew, was kind enough to make a map of the QR code locations in town.
The webpages for Marching On can be accessed here
I learned a lot about the civil rights movement, and a lot about the history of Yellow Springs and Antioch by doing this project. Reading about the duress and struggles that racial inequality has made people go through is one thing, but to listen to actual accounts from the 1960s about the struggle for equality is so much more intimate, eye opening, and heart breaking.
Until next time.