My name is Sharony Green. Here is a photo of my mother, father, me and my brother on the now historic Virginia Key Beach, which is in Miami, FL, my hometown. The year is 1967.
Today I am an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. These days, I am seeking answers to a key question: “How do oppressed groups in one region claim power by moving through space?” The initial leg of the journey found me conducting oral histories with people who live or once lived in Miami. The oldest was 96-years-old. The youngest was eight.
My first article on Miami was published by the Journal of Urban History. A recent talk can be found here. I recently won the 2020 PEN America Jean Stein Literary Oral History grant, which will allow me to deepen my focus on postwar black settlement in the “Baa Haas/Bajas,” a neighborhood formerly known as Carol City, now the City of Miami Gardens in northwest Miami-Dade County.
My attention to Florida also includes an investigation of writer-anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston’s understudied experiences in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950 and Honduras. This research is enabled in part by my Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship at Chicago’s Newberry Library in the winter and spring of 2021.
A running thread throughout my work is my deep desire to sort through how human beings encounter one another in a modernizing world. This is the case even though the idea of “modern” has many meanings, some more pertinent to the questions before me than others. As true of some researchers, my queries often pose tensions with a good many of my personal experiences.
For more about my research, please visit www.sharonygreen.com.