Oral History - Joshua Lambert

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Oral History - Joshua Lambert


Clip from oral history interview with Joshua Lambert, (SUNY Potsdam Class of 2013), interviewed by Julia Wade on November 15, 2012.


Wade, Julia, Interviewer.
Lambert, Joshua, Interviewee.


SUNY Potsdam. College Archives & Special Collections.


November 15, 2012


The oral history was conducted as a part of SUNY Potsdam's Fall 2012 "Oral History" course (ANTH 364/HIST 450).





Oral History Item Type Metadata


Wade, Julia


lambert, joshua


Black Student Alliance Office, Sisson Hall, SUNY Potsdam Campus, Potsdam, New York.


JL: I know our name itself sounds kinda scary, you know, the Black Student Alliance. It may sound bad, but we’re open to everyone, you know, we’re here to inform everyone; we’re here to teach anyone, have fun with anyone. Our meetings, that are held on Sunday, they’re not just for Black people. They’re for everyone that’s willing to come. We always tell our members, you know, bring a friend, bring someone else, bring people on your floor, bring a friend that you’ve met, just try to advertise BSA, let them know that it’s not just Black people, it’s for everyone. We want to teach everyone.


49 Seconds

Time Summary

0:00- 1:27 Racial Identity
1:28- 2:39 Misunderstandings of Racism
2:40- 5:50 Ignorance about races; View on people’s cultural differences; Culture shock coming to Potsdam
5:51- 8:50 Black Student Alliance (BSA) History; BSA involvement and reasons for joining; BSA role in students’ lives
8:51- 10:55 Events run by the BSA; Kwanzaa Ball events
10:56- 13:48 Fashion Show- experience as the host
13:49- 14:29 Kwanzaa Ball
14:30- 18:12 BSA e-board; Strengths of the individuals on the e-board; Relationship with the e-board
18:13- 20:25 Pranks the e-board pull on each other; Halloween party
20:26- 23:29 Racism at SUNY Potsdam; Examples of racism; Personal experience being looked at differently
23:30- 24:36 Fear of different races; Media exacerbating racism
24:37- 27:29 Feelings about being looked at differently; Growth at SUNY Potsdam; BSA open for everyone
27:30- 31:28 White Student Alliance; Motives behind formation of organization; Same for every race
31:29- 35:55 Growth in diversity at SUNY Potsdam; Experiencing new cultures at college; Differences between the city and Potsdam; BSA workshops
35:56- 39:09 Joye Fischer Poem; Growth of the BSA since Josh joined
39:10- 51:39 Change as a community; Pride of SUNY Potsdam; Closing remarks; Signing of consent forms



Wade, Julia, Interviewer. Lambert, Joshua, Interviewee., “Oral History - Joshua Lambert,” SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections Digital Collections, accessed June 14, 2024, https://omeka.potsdam.edu/items/show/33.