Sherry Sherrod DuPree, a wife, a mother, a researcher, an author, a consultant, and a historian was featured in American Libraries, June 1997 issue. DuPree was an instructional media specialist at Tappan Middle School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, when she wrote her first book in 1975 entitled, Displays for Schools. The purpose of the book was to present teachers and librarians with new educational bulletin boards. She also has written a workbook on library skills for the University of Florida Libraries in 1982 and received tenure from the University of Florida Libraries in 1983.
Santa Fe Community College
Sherry Sherrod DuPree came to Santa Fe Community College in September of 1983 as a reference librarian and instructor from the University of Florida Libraries. She has taught credit and non-credit library classes on campus and at branches. With funds from the Florida Humanities Council, DuPree and others and gave speeches on the Back to Africa Traveling Exhibit. In 1994, at Santa Fe Community College DuPree became the curator of the African American Gospel Music Traveling Exhibit. In 1998, DuPree was one of the four recipients from Santa Fe Community College to complete a Florida State Leadership Training Program, the purpose was to prepare women and minorities for leadership roles in higher education. DuPree provided library collection services to diversity, businesses and mathematics department. From 1998-2002, DuPree was the public services contact between the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) and Santa Fe Community College Library. In 1999, she became the Library User Services Coordinator with an outstanding record of service. In 2000 her role changed to Bibliographic Instruction Coordinator. She coordinated non-credit library presentations at the Northwest campus, The Blount Center Downtown, and the Starke campuses. She also taught LIS 1002 and LIS 2004 online classes. DuPree supported handouts for LIS 1002, credit classes taught by reference librarians. October 2002, she was moved from the library by a SFCC Vice President to student development instruction to teach college success courses. Her job title is professor.
DuPree was highlighted among SFCC colleagues who have made significant contributions to the college 2000-2001, on a special Wall of Fame sponsored by The Center for Academic and Professional Development. On February of 2000, Ruby Evans and DuPree presented a paper at the League For Innovations in the Community College entitled Faculty and Reference Librarians A Virtual Duo. This paper was featured in T.H.E. Journal January 2001 an online publication. The SFCC Non-Art Faculty And Staff Show displayed from May until June 2001 at the President's Lobby Building F, featured, carvings, DuPree's quilt, paintings, and photos. DuPree is known for her library credit workshop entitled A Roadmap to African-American and Diversity Resources(ARAADR) presented at The Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Orange Park, Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) Ft Myers,PALINET Headquarters, Philadelphia and The SOLINET Network in Atlanta. In March 2004, DuPree presented a pre-conference workshop to the Florida Library Association, Black Caucus at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach. Each year DuPree designs and distributes Black History Month bookmarks to all departments and branches of the college. November 2004 in Tampa at the League for Innovations in the Community College, four professionals presented a workshop on the uses of ARAADR to enhance learning. An article on ARAADR was included in Florida Libraries 2005, Special Issue entitled Dissolving Boundaries. DuPree represents the college's student development instruction department as a member of the advisory board of the Houghton Mifflin Company textbook entitled Becoming A Master Student.
Oral History and Storytelling
As social history, DuPree uses oral interviews to fills in gaps, that gives a voice to otherwise hidden people, thereby enriching, substantiating or contradicting and potentially correcting the official record. Oral history can bring to light hidden aspects of a story such as the Rosewood Massacre of 1923, facilitating a sense of closure to issues not adequately remembered or dealt with by giving a voice to those who remember only too well, but who have never been listened to. DuPree's strength is listening and recording history. DuPree participated in Words Like Freedom: Essays on African American Culture and History by Richard Newman in 1996. She participated in the 2001 Billy Graham Archives Oral History Forum at Wheaton College. zz The July 4th, 2005, DuPree told African American folktales and Ann Scroggie told international tales at the Gaylord Florida Storytellers at The Summerfest held at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando. May 12th, 2008 DuPree presented at the Gainesville Story Group, Stories Enrich Our Lives featuring Zora Neale Hurston a writer, anthropologist and folklorist at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville.
Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) and Society of American Archivists (SAA)
Her research has covered African American gospel music and the Holiness-Pentecostal religion. The Pentecostal project began when DuPree, then a librarian, at the University of Florida, was approached by a student minister, who requested information on the Pentecostal movement. It was then that she realized, little had been formally written on African-American Pentecostalism. "I looked through the Library of Congress, the National Archives --- all these reputable sources, and still could not find very much." From 1983 to 1993, DuPree was project director at the Institute of Black Culture, University of Florida. Several grants produced funds for interviews in 1984 culminating in 1989 in The Biographical Dictionary of African-American Holiness-Pentecostals: 1880-1990. The Gospel Choir at the University of Florida produced a CD, DuPree and her husband wrote The Choir liner notes in 1993. “The Explosive Growth of the African American Pentecostal Church.” In Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993 was written by the DuPree's. In 2000, DuPree was the Program Director of the 29th Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) Seattle, Washington. Presently, DuPree is an associate editor of Pneuma the offical journal of SPS and member of the Library and Archival Board.
In 1982, DuPree met Robert J. McGoings, Sr. (January 23, 1917- December 7, 2002) through contacts at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. McGoings was honored at the 29th Annual Meeting of Society for Pentecostal Studies in Kirkland, WA in 2000. The Religion News Service editor Adelle M. Banks wrote an article entitled Baltimore'Pack Rat' Helps Scholars Trace Roots of Pentecostalism.
From 2000-2001, DuPree served as the first female African American President of The Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS). This is a global academic society with over one-third of the membership from foreign countries. At the annual SPS meeting, a special written greeting came from President George W. Bush with mementoes embossed with The White House for Mrs. Sherry DuPree. In October 2001, her presidential address appeared in PNEUMA, the journal of SPS. DuPree served as a archivist contributing pictures of African American groups and individuals to The Vanderbilt Divinity Library funded by the Association of Theological Schools and SPS establishing an online American Religion Image Library. DuPree is in the Academic Societies Schedule of Academic Conferences designed for research specialist and professors.
She has been the featured speaker for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and is a member of the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable. DuPree was the featured speaker at Wheaton College in 1995 African American Church Lecture Series. Her subject was "Adventures in Research: The Black Church," She gave research on the Black church during the Civil Rights Movement," by analyzing FBI records for their perceived "unpatriotic" behaviors.
Rosewood Massacre Rosewood, Florida
DuPree has done research on the Florida Rosewood Massacre of 1923. The community of Rosewood was a tiny, yet prosperous African-American farming community in Levy County, Florida. In 1994 Florida Legislature bill compensated the survivors of Rosewood Massacre. She is the chairperson of the Rosewood Forum, a citizens organization to share and preserve the history of Rosewood. The Florida Humanities Council, "Humanities News" featured the Rosewood Forum panel at the 1997 Florida Gathering in Homosassa, FL. DuPree is the exhibit designer of "The Rosewood Exhibit entitled: The Beginning That Never Ends..." The exhibit is 12 panels, 150 linear feet with artifacts. September 2001, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) were given by The National Black MBA Association, Inc., to each full registrant who participated in the Our Heritage of Power: The Legacy Of Rosewood. Sherry Sherrod DuPree and Janie Bradley-Black spoke to a global audience of professionals and university students. She traveled to Atlanta to participate on Panel 17 - Lynching and Community Activism, the Lynching and Racial Violence in America: Histories and Legacies - Panels at Emory University, October 3-6, 2002. The conference was in conjunction with the Without Sanctuary Lynching Photography in America shown at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
She spoken before the Levy County Board of Commissioners May 20, 2003.The United Way of Alachua County list the Rosewood Forum under the Information & Referral, Local civic, social and advocacy groups. On May 4, 2004, Governor Bush Attends Dedication Ceremony Honoring Rosewood Survivors. He dedicated a Florida Historical Marker in Rosewood, Florida. The Rosewood exhibit was the backdrop of the stage for the dedication of the Florida Historical Marker Ceremony. The Rosewood Bus Tours are conducted upon requests to enhance the history of Rosewood. November 26, 2006, the Rosewood Heritage Foundation and the Florida Humanities Council sponsored a public forum for 91 year-old, Robin A. Mortin who was 7 years old when her family was driven our of Rosewood, FL in 1923. Investigative Reporter for Rosewood Charles Flowers interviewed Mrs. Mortin. The program was presented at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale.
Janie Bradley-Blake and DuPree have participated and joined in March 2006 The Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation(ATRR) at Old Mississippi, Oxford, MS. This Alliance is working collaboratively towards creating "community" by truth-seeking to promote reconciliation on issues of racial violence. As an alliance of concerned individuals and committed local organizations we seek to build bridges toward reconciliation by deepening our understanding of the truth, addressing the concerns of healing, reparations, restorative justice and coalition-building. ATRR's initiatives are focused on organizing hearings, conferences, community-based initiatives, dialogue-building sessions centered around issues of historical racial violence and forums/projects that address the effect of the social, economic, political and environmental fabric of the United States.
The Beloved Community Center staff and the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission sacrificed nearly two years of their lives to investigating what would have otherwise remained an unclear and little-understood chapter of Greensboro’s history. The July 8-10, 2006 meeting at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC is where the commission report was inveiled. The Commissions along with the International Center for Transitional Justice delivered a comprehensive report. The Truth and Community Reconciliation Commission invited DuPree to participate on the panels representing the Rosewood Heritage Foundation. DuPree reviewed the report and engage in an open dialogue.
For several years, dozens of our colleagues and Georgians in the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot have worked hard to properly commemorate the Atlanta Race Riot, The Coalition has laid on an impressive series of events during a three day centennial, September 21-23, 2006, including art exhibit openings, a candlelight vigil and march, on-going exhibit at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, memorial service, panel discussions. DuPree participated on panel discussions sharing information concerning Rosewood at Atlanta University. The closing ceremony and town meeting featuring "Where Do We Go From Here?" to make positive changes and to improve race relations in Atlanta.
Dudley Farm, Newberry, Florida
DuPree, Garlenda Greene-Grant and Patti Bartlett researched the roles of African Americans on the Dudley Farm Historic State Park in Newberry, Florida, Alachua County. This project was funded by the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Bureau of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Recreation and Parks. Mr. Jim Powell Jr., Ancient Records Coordinator & Webmaster, Alachua County Clerk of the Court and Mr. Henry McCray, chairman of the Trustee Board of the , directed the project with the suppport of the Alachua County Genealogical Society's Virtual Cemetery Project. They along with Ladis Ross, Gary McClain, Willa Mae Hughes, Amil DuPree, Herbert DuPree, Tre Whitlow, Jackie Olive, Sallie Morrison, Murray Laurie, Mr. & Mrs. Ferman Welch, and Mr. Kermit Clark finished this portion of the Dudley project on December 14, 2005. This is a list of African Americans buried at the Pleasant Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery in Jonesville, Florida. Listed are some of the families who worked on the Dudley Property; Perkins, Welch, Hearst, Trapp, Ross, etc. We spent several weekends mapping and making pictures of the site.
Publications and Collections
Her largest book of over 650 pages is available through Garland Publishing of New York. Sherry DuPree is the author of several books: Biographical Dictionary Of African-American Holiness-Pentecostals: 1880 - 1990; Exposed! FBI Unclassified Reports On Churches And Church Leaders; and African-American Good News (Gospel) Music.
The DuPree African-American Pentecostal and Holiness Collection was created as a result of research begun in 1981 by Sherry Sherrod DuPree. The Schomburg Research Center, New York Public Library has the DuPree Collection mentioned in the About the Wilhelmina F. Adams Collection both collections were born in Florida. In 1987, DuPree was a Smithsonian Fellow studying gospel music with Bernice Johnson Reagon a longtime civil-rights activist, director of Black American Programs and curator at the Smithsonian Institution. In 2005 her second collection, The Sherry Sherrod DuPree Collection of African American Holiness and Pentecostal Movements was received at The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum and Center for African American history and culture. The opening date to the public has not been established.
In 1989 African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project Research Resources Bibliographies entitled Retelling Carter Woodson’s Story: Archival Sources for Afro-American Church History.authors, Albert J. Raboteau and David W. Wills with Randall K. Burkett, Will B. Gravely, and James Melvin Washington features DuPree's findings on Pentecostal black churches. In 2003 DuPree was interviewed by Margaret Bernstein Newhouse News Service for an article entitled Pentecostal Flock Treasures 106-Year-Old Bishop Bertha Mabel Massey the House of God Church in Masury, Ohio. August 28, 2003 "The Message of civil rights anthem remains powerful" Chicago Sun-Times by Cathleen Falsani, Religion Reporter, interviewed DuPree who is the archivist for the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit. She has recently written several encyclopedia articles to enhance African American history. To mention a few, The Encyclopedia of African-American Associations, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music, Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, and The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. A list of books appear at the end of this page.
Awards and Honors
Mrs. Dupree has been involved in the National Endowment for the Arts and State of Florida's African American Steel Guitar Project. She served as chairperson of the Religion Caucus of the Florida Library Association (FLA) from 1994-1996. DuPree is the recipient of the Florida Religion Award for 1997. In 1998, DuPree was honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She received the 1999 Humanitarian Award from The Marion County Teen Courts, Ocala, Florida. In May 2000, she attended the Library of Congress Bicentennial and Local Legacy Celebration and workshops. To read about DuPree's listings in Who's Who sources, see The Contemporary Authors, Black Authors & Published Writers Directory, Who's Who in American Education 2004-2005, Who's Who in America 2006. In October 2002, A Roadmap to African American Resources was review in the famous library review source, CHOICE Magazine by Bibliographic Instruction Coordinator, Ms. Nancy Allen, University of South Florida, New College, Sarasota, Florida. December 18, 2003 the Roadmap was reviewed in Reference Shelf. The African American Cataloging Reference Sources compiled by Betty M. Culpepper and Ardie Myers, Library of Congress includes DuPree's works.
Board of Director
DuPree serves as a Board of Director member on the following organizations: The Alachua County Historic Trust/Matheson Museum, Gainesville; The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Detroit; The University of Florida, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD); The Rosewood Heritage Foundation Miami; Alachua Regional Marine Institute (ARMI); The Middle Atlantic Regional Gospel Ministries, Washington, D.C.; The Black Family Development, Detroit; The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farms, Inc., Cross Creek, FL.; The Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS), Wilmore, KY; and The Florida Department of State, State Historical Marker Council, Tallahassee. DuPree is a consultant for Mission Agencies who Preserve Church Archives
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Member of the Following Organizations
Collector: Sherry Sherrod