A new article by Shannon Carter and Kelly Dent was completed this summer that outlines the thesis and purpose of the most recent remix video produced by Dr. Carter and her team of four research assistants. The article could be viewed as a companion piece to the remix as it directly outlines each segment of the remix and thoroughly examines the notion of how the digital humanities can be used as a tool to generate interest and writing historiographies in “under-resourced, under-studied areas (like rural Northeast Texas) among historically marginalized populations (like African American students and citizens).”
Focusing on the literacy scenarios that surrounded the formation of ASSET and its Declaration of Rights, Carter and Dent focus on the manner in which digital media is able to link people across space and time to generate “literate social action”.
It is this passion for activism that has fueled Dr. Carter’s work for the past several years. A rhetorician whose focus on rural activism, social justice and racism, specifically race relations during the 1960’s and the effect that local activism had in direct relation to national and global discourses surrounding the Civil Rights Movement, Carter’s work links the digital humanities with activism using remix technology.
As the research for this project continues, the stories of what really happened continues to unfold. As mentioned in the article, upon the initial screening of “A Clear Channel”, there were at least two more people who came out with their own stories of what happened at TAMUC during those turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement. Louis Margot and Glenda McKissic will share their Oral Histories with the team in the next few weeks.