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IMZ: In providing quality and inclusive programming at AAMLO in the past, and possibly presently, you partnered with the Oakland Unified School District and other community agencies.
I am not sure if teachers within the system are aware of the resources AAMLO has to offer, and the kind of assistant it might provide with respect to supporting the standards that are outlined in the California History and Social Science curriculum.
IMZ: AAMLO has over 160 collections in its archives that contain the diaries of prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations, local and national newspapers on microfilm (e.g., Freedom's Journal, the Liberator, California Voice, Sun Reporter,Muhammed Speakers, the Black Panther) and an oral history collection of interviews with local civil rights activists, educators, writers, and musicians.
IMZ: In my research, I was pleased to learn that last year AAMLO hosted "The Griots of Oakland: Voices from the African American Oral History Project", an exhibit and book project concerning African American male youth who were instructed in oral history methodologies and videography to conduct peer-to-peer interviews with about 100 African American boys and men aged 6-24 throughout Oakland that in short was designed to highlight aspects of their reality that is often misunderstood and ignored by mainstream media and to alter discourse on how they are perceived within society.
RM: AAMLO was approached by the folks who spearheaded the project.
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