African American Legacy Project Gifted to Libraries – OHIO University Libraries

African American Legacy Project Gifted to Libraries

(Left to right) Scott Seaman, dean of University Libraries, and alumnus Ralph Hopper look at the DVD collection of the African American Legacy Project.

Ohio University Libraries is proud to accept the donation of 15 DVDs, which include interviews with African American alumni discussing their experiences at OHIO during the late 1950s through the 1960s. The DVD set also contains information about African American “Greek” life at Ohio University.  Also accompanying the DVDs are three volumes that document Black Alumni Reunions from 2010, 2013 and 2016 respectively.

The interviews, created and produced by alumni E. Louis Overstreet (BSCE ’67) and Ralph J. Hopper, Jr. (BSED ’63), include reminiscences from names familiar to the Bobcat family, such as Dr. Roderick J. McDavis (BSED ’70), president emeritus of Ohio University, and Connie Lawson-Davis (BSED ’67), current member of the Alumni Association board of directors.

The videos present alumni recounting life at OHIO and in Athens at a time when only a small portion of the student body was African American, and the campus and the country were in the throes of significant social change. Hopper and Overstreet say they undertook the project hoping it may “serve as research material for future students as to how the black experience at OHIO may have changed with the passage of time.”

Scott Seaman, dean of the Libraries, expressed his gratitude for the donation saying, “I am pleased that the Libraries are able to offer these stories to current and future OHIO scholars, and am thankful to Mr. Overstreet and Mr. Hopper for their generosity and passion.”

All photos by Delia Palmisano/Ohio University Libraries

Ohio University alumnus Ralph Hopper (center) tells a story from his days at OHIO to Scott Seaman, dean of University Libraries, and Tyrone Carr, director of Interlink Alliance/special assistant to the vice president for Diversity and Inclusion.


The African American Legacy Project donated by Ohio University alumni Ralph Hopper and E. Louis Overstreet, June 14, 2018.