2012 Summer Youth Research Exhibition
I SAW! The Experience of Learning in DC TM
DC teens produced work in film as well as other media documenting their important historical discoveries about the legacy of DC's earliest African American community buried in a two hundred year old aging cemetery secluded behind apartment buildings and woods within the Georgetown area of Washington DC.
In 2012, a multimedia video was produced by I SAW!'s youth led project and presented at the 39th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DC HISTORICAL STUDIES: Please view this video for better visual audio H D quality on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyPd39wAkaA (Part 1)
The field research for I SAW! youth teams was made possible by mentors Mr. C.R. Gibbs, who is a DC Historian and the co-author of Black Georgetown Remembered; Mr. Brian Moore, a Black Georgetown descendant and family historian; The DC Archives with assistance by Public Records Administrator Historian, Mr. Clarence Davis; The Library of Congress Digital Reference Section with Project Coordinator, Ms. Lavonda Broadnax; and the African American Civil War Museum with Curator, Mr. Hari Jones and Executive Director, Dr. Frank Smith.
The 2012 I SAW! youth multimedia presentation was provided with support by DC Department of Human Services, DC Department of Summer Youth Employees, DC Humanities Council and The DC Diverse City Fund. Filmmaker & Howard University Professor, Alonzo Crawford mentored youth researchers on filming documentary video. Youth film consultant, Xaivia Inniss of 8th Creation Film produced and edited multimedia presentation video.The panel review guest judges were Assistant Professor, Dr. Sandra Jowers in the Department of Political Science, History and Global Studies at UDC, Ms. Patsy Fletcher, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office of the DC Office of Planning and Nastassja Spencer, I SAW!'s resident community artist.