Marquette students' oral history projects are being added to the Wisconsin Historical Society
What we read in history books doesn't always tell the full story. History often leaves out the voices of people of color, even in our local history.
First-year students at Marquette University are working to change that.
For a semester, students interviewed prominent Latinx bilingual education activists in the Milwaukee area who changed how bilingual programs are built in the city. With the help of their professors, students learned oral history collection skills and what it means to be a contemporary historian. Their interviews and research will be contributed to the Wisconsin Latinx History Collective and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Sergio Gonzalez, an assistant professor of Latinx studies and Sonia Barnes, an associate professor of Spanish at Marquette University guided the students through the project.