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$50,000 African American Civil Rights Grant Awarded In Partnership With Tuskegee University

From Joan Hamby Burroughs
The National Park Service (NPS) announced on September 13, 2019 a $50,000 African American Civil Rights grant award to The TISEP/TICEP Coordinating Committee in partnership with Tuskegee University. The National Park Service “awarded $12,259,000 in African American Civil Rights grants to fund 44 projects across 17 states that will preserve and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century” NPS 9/13/2019. 

The African American Civil Rights grant program documents, interprets and preserves sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th century. The current AACR grant award supports the TISEP/TICEP: History and Impact project.  TISEP/TICEP refers to a community education program that was created and developed by Dr. P.B. Phillips at Tuskegee Institute from 1963-1968. College students worked in various capacities as educational role models and Civil Rights advocates for youth, families and communities in twelve Black Belt counties and Jefferson County. The current grant award enables research and oral history collection throughout the thirteen TISEP/TICEP counties as well as search and documentation of archival records at Tuskegee University and St. Olaf College. 

 “This project would preserve the oral and community histories of surviving TISEP/TICEP administrative, student and community program participants from the 13 counties that participated from 1963 to 1968.” (Congresswoman Terri Sewell) The TISEP/TICEP History and Impact project will discover, organize and preserve documentation in print, audio and video media utilizing·       Extant archival data, ·       First and second hand oral and community histories obtained from surviving      TISEP/TICEP administrative, student and community program participants, ·       Historic and current photographs.The project will also identify and provide evidential information and materials regarding surviving TICEP centers and sites in participating counties and on Tuskegee’s campus.  

The TISEP/TICEP Coordinating Committee appreciates Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s recognition, acknowledgment and support of TISEP/TICEP: Its History and Impact. The committee thanks the National Park Service and Tuskegee University for providing this opportunity to research, document and interpret materials that further illuminate TISEP/TICEP, an unprecedented 1960s community education, student engagement program. 

 TISEP/TICEP: History and Impact is supported through a grant from the African American Civil Rights grant program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.