Oral History of Joshua Parks, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 18 April 2021

Title

Oral History of Joshua Parks, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 18 April 2021

Description

Joshua Parks was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC, and worked at the Sankofa Bookstore owned by filmmakers Haile Gerina and Shirikiana Aina Gerina.

While in college, he was the chair of the NAACP college chapter and engaged in community organizing with PACA (Pan-African Community Action). Traveling to Cuba, Haiti, and South Africa contributed significantly to his political education.

After graduation, he returned to Florida and worked as a teacher for two years. In 2019, he moved to Charleston, SC, to attend graduate school. He became involved in local organizing and was one of the founding members of the Lowcountry Action Committee. He reflects about the work Lowcountry Action Committee has done in collaboration with Eastside Community Development Corporation, focusing on mutual aid, food distribution, and education. The Lowcountry Action Committee is also among the founding organization of the People's Budget Coalition and frequently partners with the Center for Heirs Property in educational programs for community members affected by development and gentrification.

Publisher

The Citadel Archives and Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1656

Coverage

Charleston (S. C.)

Interviewer

Mills Pennebaker

Interviewee

Joshua Parks

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Duration

74 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Joshua Parks, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 18 April 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed May 18, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1656.