Crowdfunder: Help Voces Oral History Project tell forgotten stories of Latino war veterans
GritoBlast! Since 1999, the University of Texas at Austin-based Voces Oral History Project has dedicated itself to filling the gap in the historical record by uncovering and sharing the forgotten stories of the countless Latino and Latina veterans who heroically served the United States in World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The Voces Oral History Project first came to national attention in 2007 when project founder Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez challenged well-known PBS documentarian Ken Burns’ 14.5 hour World War II documentary “The War.” Burns omitted the presence and contributions of Latino soldiers in his film.
As a result of the campaign to get Latino soldiers recognized, the Voces Oral History Project has received numerous awards and recognitions for their role in preserving these untold stories before they were lost forever. However, as important is the work the Voces Oral History Project does, it still operates under a tight budget and with an outdated website.
To help build a multimedia website needed for the thousands of audio and video interviews Rivas-Rodriguez and her team have done, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched.
“We believe that stories are a powerful way to make sense of our past – and our present, so we want to showcase and celebrate the stories of American Latinos and Latinas who served our country during WWII and the Korean and Vietnam war periods,” said Rivas-Rodriguez.
With a goal of $40,000, the Voces Oral History Project has received a $20,000 matching gift commitment if they can raise $20,000. The campaign ends on April 22, 2017.