Browse the links below for more information about my recent projects.

Nannie B. Hairston Oral History Project

Nannie Berger Hairston (1921-2017) is a local civil rights icon and was a community leader who lived in Christiansburg, Virginia. 

The Nannie Berger Hairston Oral History Project was funded in part by the Montgomery-Floyd-Regional Library (MFRL), the MFRL Friends of the Library, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Twenty hours of audio interviews were recorded during 2015-2016, which focused on all aspects of Ms. Hairston’s long life, with particular focus on the years of her work in community building and civil rights from the 1950s through the 1980s. Currently I am working on a manuscript based on the interviews.

Talk on Ms. Hairston at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, "The Life and Legacy of Nannie B. Hairston," August, 11, 2018 

I was interviewed by The Roanoke Times about my oral history project with Ms. Hairston. August 10, 2018

WVTF Radio featured a piece about Ms. Hairston marking the one-year anniversary of her death. Hear my comments about her civil rights work. August 10, 2018

The Roanoke Times published my opinion piece about her life after her July, 2017 death at 95. Nannie B. Hairston: A Missionary of Love and Social Justice. August 6, 2017

The project was featured in a Charlottesville Tomorrow article about the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library Foundation, Inc. in Christiansburg receiving a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) grant. VFH gives grants to nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. June 20, 2015

"Cotton to Silk" Oral History Project
My work on the book, African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke, was mentioned in a Roanoke Times column about "From Cotton to Silk: African American Railroad Workers of the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern Railways” an exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. February 6, 2015


WDBJ 7 featured me in a "Meet the Author" segment. June 21, 2014


Appalachian Voices featured excerpts from African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke. June 18, 2014


WVTF radio and reporter Connie Stevens did a story on the oral history project. April 17, 2014


The Roanoke Times (Arts writer Mike Allen) did a feature article about the Cotton to Silk project. If you click on the link above you can listen to interview excerpts on Soundcloud. (photo of first page and masthead to the left) February 16, 2014 noted my work in its podcast, "Dreamland." December 6, 2013


WDBJ 7 featured African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke in a news segment. June 13, 2013


University of Virginia Oral History Project

UVA Today Featured the oral history project in an article, "As University Nears Its Bicentennial, Oral Histories Capture Leaders’ Insights." March 30, 2015  




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At my talk, "Life and Legacy of Nannie B. Hairston," August 2018, Photo by C.W. Sullivan III