Black Lives Next Door

In Summer 2021, the Center for Mason Legacies began “Black Lives Next Door,” an interdisciplinary project and collaboration between faculty and students to explore the environs surrounding the early years of George Mason College and its transition to George Mason University.

LaNitra Berger (senior director of fellowships in the Office of Undergraduate Education, instructor, and affiliated faculty of CML), Benedict Carton (associate professor of History and associate director of CML), and George Oberle (History Librarian, assistant professor, and director of CML) led the summer team of six undergraduate students and two graduate research assistants.

Read more about the project goals here, visit the project site here, and check out these videos from some of our undergraduate researchers discussing their preliminary findings:

Black Lives Next Door - Ky Buckner

Black Resistance in Fairfax County - Sira Thiam

Eleven Oaks Elementary School - Rachel Amon, Kyle Buckner, Sydney Hardy, Alexis Massenburg, Sira Thiam

Student Voices Meet School Silence - Rachel Amon

Back to School: An Examination of the Forgotten Historic Location - Sydney Hardy