Green Team Report 6/7-6/13

          Green Team Weekly Re-cap

          Things have been rolling along nicely for the Green Team this week.  We started our week by setting up the interview room in Shasta.  Then we began our training by testing the different cameras (flip vs. pan) and sharpening our interview skills.  Our team leader came up with several interview situations that we had to work through, such as the short-responders, the way-off-topic talkers, the inquisitive interviewee, etc.  During these mock interviewers, each member of the team practiced on the camera and in the interview chair.  This experience made a lot of the newbies more comfortable with using the equipment and interviewing. 

          This week, we also met with Dorothy to discuss potential interviewees and community assets.  We used the information from this meeting as well as the Hyde Park tour and research to develop a Potential Interview and Asset Datasheet that can be accessed on SharePoint>Shared Docs>GreenTeam.  Along with this datasheet, we created a Google Map which pinpoints important locations in the Hyde Park Community.  We will continually update the datasheet and map.

          In addition to meeting with Dorothy, we have been doing background research at the Memphis Public Library in order to learn more about the history of Hyde Park.  The articles that we found have been uploaded to the Hyde Park History Folder on SharePoint.  The hard copies of these articles are also available.  This data-mining has been incredibly useful because it has helped us learn about significant activists and events in the community.

      The following list shows our accomplishments of the week.

  • Interview and Asset Datasheet
  • Google Map
  • Flyer for the community
  • Script of our purpose in Hyde Park
  • Data-mining and History Folder
  • Interview Room Preparation
  • Chapter 1 of Guidebook

     Our Goals for next week include:

  • Maintain Knowledge Inventory, spreadsheet, map, calendar, blog, chapter
  • Windshield tour of Hyde Park
  • Meet  folks
  • Schedule Interviews
  • Conduct 1-2 interviews next week
  • Make connections with businesses
  • Create note cards for the interviews
  • Collect artifacts and preservation
  • Brownsville
  • Organize with other teams.  Work with Gold Team to network and develop ways to make the Hyde Park collection available to residents and the public.  Work with Purple Team to archive material and to learn about community preservation.
Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 11:20 am  Comments Off on Green Team Report 6/7-6/13  

The great tour of Hyde Park

The tour of Hyde Park on Friday was very beneficial. It was nice to go out and see the community, however I’m not sure that it was realistic. Being a part of the green team, I’ve realized that the reactions we got on the tour were not representative of  what we will actually experience. I think the communities reactions to us on the tour were a response to a big group of students being lead by Dorothy Cox. I also think I was just taking in all there was to see and didn’t note some of the important things like street names and minor land marks. Overall, the tour was amazing and I’m looking forward to being in the community.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm  Comments Off on The great tour of Hyde Park  

Hyde Park.

Walking around the  Hyde Park community proved to be a very interesting day indeed. The weather was nice and warm….the sun was very present that morning/early afternoon (Lol). The neighborhood its self was interesting. It was funny to see the dynamics of the neighborhood. One block was nice and manicured..flower gardens…yard decortions…..nice normal houses. The type of houses that are typical in my grandmothers neighborhood (which is a black working class community)….and the next block was a little more….or maybe I should say a little less nice. It was all in all very quiet though. There wasn’t much activity. As far as the history is concerned Ms. Cox gave us some info….but not as much info as she did with the  Hollywood community. One of my team members did some research on Hyde Park and it was all very informative. The event that seemed to catch the Crossroads team as a whole was The Shannon Street Massacre. Ms. Cox took us in front of the house where it occurred and told us she would not give us the details but something very tragic happened that affected the neighborhood as a whole- and now knowing the story I am almost positive she did not mean in the most positive way.

Because I know have some background knowledge (Shout out to Elizabeth=] ) I am excited to go into Hyde Park. Knowing the history (good and bad) I am anxious to get a first hand account of the people who live in this area and deal with the things that were talked about in various sources on a regular basis. I’m anxious to get the stories of those that are often looked over and forgotten about.

All in all this should prove to be a very interesting/enlightening/resourceful experience =}



Does anyone have a case of the Monday’s or is it just me?!?!

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm  Comments Off on Hyde Park.