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Project Staff

Evan Lewis

Project Coordinator


Leah Kerr 

Project Archivist


About -

Our Story, Our Terms: Documenting Movement Building from the Inside Out is a project that aims to document how three generations of activists built their social and political movements. This work is possible through a $630,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project, Duke University Libraries, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the New Georgia Project, BYP 100, and the Ohio Voice.

Based in the Duke University Libraries, Our Story, Our Terms will convene and record conversations among three generations of acitivists, each one mobilized by the death of African Americans that drew international attention-SNCC veterans of the Emmett Till generation, young people of the Trayvon Martin generation now leading the Movement for Black Lives, and the new generation of organizers mobilizing in the wake of George Floyd's murder in 2020. Over the course of the project's three years (2021-2024), we aim to better understand the activism and organizing that will allow future generations to learn from the experience of these movements, their development, and how their achievements offer practical lessons in the struggle for human and civil rights. (read more)

Key Objectives -

  • Transferring knowledge about building and sustaining movements between generations of activists 
  • Building capacity for archiving movement history 
  • Telling the activists/organizer story