Grambling State University – GSU History Department Receives $94,000 NEH Grant for Digital Oral History Project


Department of History (lr) researchers Dr Brian McGowan, Yanise Days, Dr Edward Holt and Dr Gaidi Faraj have been awarded a $94,000 NEH grant to organize a digital oral history project to capture the Afro experience -American in northern Louisiana. Photo by Carlton Hamlin

Washington, DC – April 26, 2022 – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) recently awarded a $94,817 grant to the Department of History at Grambling State University (GSU) to research and record the history of the African-American experience in northern Louisiana.

“Voices of Grambling: A Digital Oral History Project,” cuts across the institution’s 120-year history and will be led by project researcher Dr. Edward Holt, Assistant Professor and Acting Department Head of the History Department from GSU with Dr. Roshunda Belton-Cardoza, professor and associate vice president for academic affairs; Yanise Days, teacher in the Department of History; Dr. Gaidi Faraj, assistant professor; and Dr. Brian McGowan, assistant professor.

This team will collaborate with GSU undergraduates and scholars from across the United States on a digital oral history project to preserve the voices of historically disadvantaged populations who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“Many who have been disproportionately affected during the pandemic, including the loss of life, have had so many stories, some of which have been lost with lives lost to COVID-19,” Holt said. “This project will help us bring together much of that history and use understanding of the past to try to build a better future for GSU students and the population centered around Grambling itself.”

The GSU award is part of a $2.5 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Act of 2021 initiative. NEH/SSRC SHIP grants have been designed to address the widespread impact of the pandemic on higher education and the humanities sector by providing organizations and academic departments with a direct opportunity to rebuild and recover.

The University is one of 21 recipients, ranging from research universities, HBCUs and small liberal arts colleges to nonprofits and community organizations, who will receive awards of up to $100,000 each to support the full range of humanities infrastructure.

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The university has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

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