claiming power by one seaside

Beach photo

My name is Sharony Green. Here is a photo of my mother, father, me and my brother on Crandon Park beach, which is in my hometown, Miami, FL. The year is 1967.

Today I am an Assistant 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 interviewing individuals 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. A soundscape of the some of the interviewees appears below.

Please stay tuned as I continue this project, which builds on the work of Dr. Raymond Mohl and Arnold Hirsch, among others.

Special thanks to the participants in this research, the University of Alabama for start up funds to begin this ongoing project and Drs. Mark Rose, Clarence Lang, David Roediger for mentoring me on racial and spatial history. For more about my research and creative interests,  please visit

Greater Miami Map
Places of special import for the study. Courtesy of the University of Alabama Cartographic Lab.