An oral history interview with California State University, Dominguez Hills President Thomas A. Parham has been added to the Library of Congress as part of the HistoryMakers Digital Archives, the largest archival collection of its kind in the world.
HistoryMakers is a national non-profit educational institution committed to telling and preserving through recorded oral histories the experiences, history, and culture of African Americans in order to form a more complete, and inclusive, record of American history.
“It is an honor to be included in the HistoryMakers series and to be chronicled among those women and men whose life experience and achievements are considered noteworthy and consequential,” Parham said.
HistoryMakers has conducted more than 3,000 interviews in more than 80 locations in the U.S., as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Norway. The collection at the Library of Congress currently houses 10,000-plus hours of recorded oral histories.
“My fondest wish, beyond this humbling recognition, is that some student’s perspective has been enhanced, some professional’s competence has been strengthened, some reader’s mind has been enlightened, some client’s life has been transformed, and many people’s spirits have been empowered as a result of my life’s work as a psychologist, higher education executive, and healer,” Parham said.