Life of a Crossroads Fellow-Weeks 1-4

Hello bloggers!!

I am Treshain, and I am a member of the Hyde Park team. These past weeks have been pretty interesting, to say the least. As a native Memphian, I am eager to learn everything I possibly can about the city I call home, and I’m doing this at Crossroads. A prime example of this would be with the “lovely” processing I’m working on. It is very interesting to hear the interviewees talk about their neighborhood and mention different streets and landmarks I see on a daily basis. One particular interview that I processed is one by Miss Annah Lee Early. She tells the story of the groundbreaking of Evergreen Presbyterian Church and her church giving monies to President Rhodes at Southwestern. Since I currently attend Southwestern (now known as Rhodes College after President Rhodes) and had my Honor Code signing at Evergreen Presbyterian, I have a personal connection with this woman’s history.

Another goal of Crossroads is to give the Civil Rights Era a human face. This is done, I feel, when we watched the “I Am A Man” documentary. It focuses on one particular man named Elmore Nickleberry, a sanitation worker in Memphis who participated in the 1968 sanitation strike and still is employed as a sanitation worker in the Downtown Memphis area. He is 77 years old. This documentary also includes other former sanitation workers and their stories, along with their families. When the Crossroads group went to the Civil Rights Museum last Friday, I passed by the sanitation strike exhibit and thought of the stories I heard in that documentary. Instead of thinking of what I learned in the history books throughout my early school years, I thought of the painful yet thought-provoking stories that the former sanitation works told.

I feel that is the goal of Crossroads, to humanize the Civil Rights Era, and give it a face. An unknown face. An everyday face. Although it’s nice to know the big names, knowing the everyday person’s stories allows one to realize that everyday people went through this. Just because their story isn’t in the history books doesn’t mean it isn’t important. And I’m proud to say that I am now a part of that goal, gathering these stories and sharing them with the world.

Wow, didn’t think I was going to write this much. Hopefully this time next week I will have just as much to tell you. I’ll just shrink it down a little bit. 🙂

Peace and blessings,

Treshain

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Published in: on June 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm  Comments Off on Life of a Crossroads Fellow-Weeks 1-4  
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