Example Timelines and Maps

For Timeline, follow the instructions on the webpage and the Google Sheets template you download. It works its coding magic and turns your data from this:

Screenshot of my American Revolution Timeline, by Dr. Jessica Wallace

to this:

For Story Map, again, follow the directions on the website. It functions very similarly to the Timeline program, and likewise results in an eye-catching way to tell a story:

For Google My Maps, use your knowledge of Google Maps to find and place data points for places of interest to your project. This is especially good for very local projects, as you can mark streets, neighborhoods, businesses, etc. This map is an example I made of places important to my case study of conflict resolution, which I’ll tell you about in a few weeks.

Leah also gave us links to some much more developed final timelines and Google My Maps that other COPLAC Digital projects have used. Use these as your inspiration, but remember that for this weekend, we’re asking you to get your feet wet and learn the basics.

Responses to Dr. Wallace’s Questions

“Sisterlocks” a trademarked Hair Braiding Technique 1999 Court Victory in California allowing for Sisterlock hairstylists and/or braiders of Braiders of African Textured hair no longer be required to spend nine months (1,600 hours) and at least $5,000, at a government-approved cosmetology school before sitting for the state licensing examination, which allowed braiders to legally practice their craft.” However, none of these government-mandated classes actually taught students how to braid hair. In fact, they taught techniques that were especially damaging to African hair. https://ij.org/case/cornwell-v-california-board-of-barbering-and-cosmetology/

1) Does it interest me/engage me over the long term?

Yes, considering I am of African American descent, and choose to wear my hair in natural urban ethnic styles, and a Certified Sisterlock Image Consultant in California.

2) Is it researchable? Do I have the necessary sources to really dive into this topic?

Yes, it’s searchable, although it an international movement amongst black women/men (women more so), in our country. The Case Study I will focus on has to do with the “Order Granting Plaintiff Cornwell’s Motion for Summary Judgment in California. Sisterlocks” a trademarked Hair Braiding Technique 1999 Court Victory in California allowing for Sisterlock hairstylists and/or braiders of Braiders of African Textured hair no longer be required to spend nine months (1,600 hours) and at least $5,000, at a government-approved cosmetology school before sitting for the state licensing examination, which allowed braiders to legally practice their craft.” However, none of these government-mandated classes actually taught students how to braid hair. In fact, they taught techniques that were especially damaging to African hair. https://ij.org/case/cornwell-v-california-board-of-barbering-and-cosmetology/

3) Does it connect to and help me achieve my academic or career goals?

Yes, it relates to my course of study of Multi-Cultural Studies, w/emphasis on Africana Studies

Ideas for Project Proposal

During class today [01/24/2019] I discussed two separate ideas for mine and Kendall’s project. These included the city of Montevallo’s recently passed Non-Discrimination Ordinance as well as the lynching memorial dedication. Below I will outline these two ideas and allow for better context regarding the pros and cons of both, and the answers to Dr. Welch’s three questions.

Montevallo Non-Discrimination Ordinance or NDO

“The NDO was initially presented to the City Council by the Montevallo Acceptance Project on May 9, 2016, requesting legal protection against discrimination of the LGBTQ community in Montevallo,” according to Caroline Carmichael, a reporter for the Shelby County Reporter. The NDO was a point of contention throughout Montevallo for almost two  years until it’s passage on April 23, 2018. A series of town hall meetings, panels, and city council meetings were held to allow for citizens and representatives to speak their mind, whether for or against the NDO.  (Source: https://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2018/04/24/montevallo-passes-non-discrimination-ordinance/)

Our hopes in examining this recent conflict, and it’s resolution, would be to better understand the channels through which public debate and forum allowed for citizens to feel as though they were part of the greater process of the passage of the NDO. Understanding that allowing for individual voices in a larger community to be heard is a valuable tool, when everyone feels as though they are heard and their opinions are involved, does this make for more cohesive and acceptable policy? Does this allow for the community to come to a more peaceful agreement, even if not everyone agrees about the final decision? There are more questions to ask, and surely through this process we can begin to recognize more facets of this conflict which are yet to be explored.

In accordance with Dr. Welsh’s three questions, I wanted to explore why I had a personal interest in this topic and my motivation for preference of this topic.

  1. Is this something you find interesting? Yes, exploring the NDO is something that has interested me since it’s inception. I was just moving to Alabama from a relatively progressive and much larger city whenever this ordinance was being explored. I am interested in understanding the origins of the ordinance, and those who were opposed, unsure, or for it.
  2. Is this researchable? Because Montevallo is such a small and closely knit community, I believe the resources we require will be easily accessible. The Mayor of our city is actually a professor at the University and a very receptive person. We also have former professors who acted as moderators who would be willing to discuss the more in-depth concepts behind this conflict and the more ‘behind the scenes’ work which went into allowing for town halls, forums, and panels to be held throughout the two and a half year conflict around the necessity of this ordinance.
  3. Is this something that connects to your major or career objectives? Absolutely. My major is in Political Science, with minors in Pre-Law and Human Rights & Public Service. I feel that identifying the concepts around this conflict (which we discussed in class on 01/29) would be beneficial in my understanding of resolution, which is something I had surprisingly not encountered in my Political Science major. This project would also serve as a great example of my dedication to fact-based reporting, research, and data analytics.

Thoughts for projects

  • Natural Hair Care Images in California, i.e., Sisterlocks
  • Think about the “Great Divide” of African American Natural Hair Care Images
  • embrace true identify (self)
  • Urban/Indigenous Black Hair Images
  • “The Leaps and Bounds of Natural Hair Images in California” Struggles/Challenges/Embrace

These are some ideas topic names for my project.

Questions to ponder: Is hair image a protest in the Black Community? Well, it was in the 70’s nowadays its about freedom and self love. jj

Project Idea

Last week was probably the worst week for me to be sick, because we got to share our ideas with everyone. Lilly and I had a great idea for our project, and we decided that we should look into reporting on Montevallo’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Montevallo is the second city in Alabama to establish an NDO. (Birmingham was the first, in case you were wondering.)

The Montevallo NDO was a huge issue in our community for a while. There were many meetings about it, and many people on both sides were very heated over the NDO. My major advisor was very active in helping educate the city on the importance of having the NDO, and she has many stories to tell. Our mayor Hollie Cost is also a great source for information, and it helps that she is a professor on campus as well. So, Lilly and I think that a great way to get information about the NDO is to talk to the people who were an active part in the conflict. We could also do some small profiles on the people, because Lilly and I believe that to best understand your community, you must understand the people that live there.

I feel that our library will be a huge help, because I am highly positive that they have many resources on what happened during the time the NDO caused some conflict in Montevallo. We have an awesome Historian here, and he will definitely be a big help. He is very great about preserving the history of Montevallo.

https://cityofmontevallo.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06192017-157

1/21/19: First Post

My partner, Kayla, first had the idea of looking into conflicts related to Native Americans in NC, and I think it seems like a very good one. I am very interested in choosing a topic related to the Eastern Band Cherokee, though at the moment I am not very familiar with specific conflicts we could look into. I do know the construction of the casino in Cherokee, NC was at least the subject of extensive debate within the Cherokee community. Apart from that a lot work is left to be done to narrow this down.

Last week I spent some time looking into the city of Asheville directly. There was a great deal of controversy from the late 60s through the late 70s when it was decided Beaucatcher Mountain, right in the middle of town, would be sliced clean through the create the giant cut for an interstate (Currently I-240). The conflict was “resolved” when the courts refused to hear the challenge presented my local activists, so I am not sure this is a particularly good example of conflict resolution. The only attempted resolution was via legal action, and the challenge was never even hashed out.

I also tried to look into the construction of the Tennessee Valley Authority dams across the region, to see if there were any notable challenges. That lead to a dead end, though I have heard UNCA’s Special Collections has some documents related to the TVA.

Finally, I looked into the Lumbee Tribe further east in North Carolina. They apparently have spent a great deal of time trying to gain federal recognition, so far unsuccessfully. This seems interesting and I wonder if it might be a possible choice.

WordPress is Confusing

WordPress has proved to me that editing the look of a blog is just as frustrating as it was when I was an avid Tumblr user. Creating a post is no problem, and I love how I can manipulate the text to make it look however I want. However, creating a theme for my blog is frustrating. It could be because I am very indecisive about how I want things to look, but I have no clue to link certain pages within my blog to my homepage. So, I am hoping that YouTube will be a big help.

My face when I am trying to figure out WordPress.

01/17/2019 [about me]

Hey everybody, as I said before, my name is Lillian Rouse. I am a junior at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama! I am studying for my Bachelor of Science in Political Science with minors in Pre-Law and Human Rights & Public Service. I have worked on several campaigns since I was 17 years old. My interest in politics draws mostly from learning about poverty and healthcare.

I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee. I have family sprawled across the country in Tennessee, California, and Florida. I love to travel and have visited China twice since 2008. During the summer of 2016 I traveled with my Dad for two weeks through different geographical areas, experiencing some of the best food the world has to offer, and meeting some of the most interesting and kind people.

Upon moving to Birmingham, I met all kinds of interesting people! Including, but not limited to, my boyfriend Joshua! He is a pinball repair technician and an industrial copy/print machine technician. His job has taken us to some pretty cool events, and I have learned to love playing pinball as much as he does!

Some of my hobbies include participating in local political campaigns, doing yoga, and drinking tons of coffee (in every form you could imagine) and of course, hanging out with my cats. I am glad to be participating in such an interesting class this semester, trying new things. I believe this will be beneficial to my education in a formative way!

I look forward to spending time with you all throughout the semester and hope that you have enjoyed this [lengthy] post, learning a bit about me along the way!

See you all soon and have a wonderful weekend!

01/17/2019

My first blog post made for COPLAC Conflict in America course! My name is Lillian, I’m 20 (turning 21 on 01/28, yay!) and this is my first online course! I’m excited to learn more about digital humanities & conflict resolution in my community of Montevallo, Alabama!

I will be updating today or tomorrow with some photos and a better explanation of how it was logging in for the first time!

Enjoy a photo of my cat!

His name is Lil Boy!