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HISTORY AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS

 

History and culture are the underlying bond of a community. They bring people together and inform their identities in relation to the rest of the world. In Rhode Island, much of the local histories and cultures have been purposefully erased to center the white colonizing version of it. Only recently have we started a process of Truth and Reconciliation with the local Indigenous, Black, Immigrant, and other populations that have been marginalized because of their important contributions to the history and culture of the Ocean State. 

 

Our work in this field is to help local communities unearth their past and highlight their contributions to the local cultural contexts. We research archives, record oral histories, digitize old historical documents, and work with the communities to bring their rich histories and cultures back to the forefront of their educational curriculum, public spaces, and to the daily life of the communities for all to enjoy and participate with pride. Much of this work refined by Dr. Bernardo H. Motta in what we call transformative and transformational journalism.

HISTORY AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS