Oral Historian Public Speaker. Dr. Kitty Oliver is a veteran South Florida journalist, author, oral historian, and university professor with a Ph.D. focusing on race and ethnic communication. She has been featured on CNN news, “Black in America,” for her race relations work. She is also president of Kitty O. Enterprises, Inc., a cultural diversity consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and director of the new Race and Change Initiative at Florida Atlantic University.
A native Floridian, she specializes in books, television and radio documentaries, and literary performances which explore race and ethnic issues in innovative ways. She has produced landmark research documenting the state’s mushrooming diversity that has become a mirror of American society and speaks widely on African American history.
She pioneered the cross-cultural “Race and Change” research project in South Florida that has expanded to Ghana, West Africa. The work has resulted in an historical archive of oral histories on race, a multimedia website on race, and consulting for historical, tourism, social service, and government organizations.
Entertaining and educational topics for civic, community, professional and business groups include:
Lecture-Performances and Workshops:
“Race” and Change: A 21st Century Dialogue on Differences (features cutting edge research)
Beyond Diversity: How to Be a Race and Change Agent (developing cultural bridges in your organization/community/personal life)
Answering the Call of Our Time: A Journey of Jazz and Memories.
The Baby Boomer Generation: A Multicolored Journey (also adapted for secondary school students)
Cross-Cultural Stories of Race and Change in the U.S. (also adapted for secondary school audiences)
How to Tell YOUR Stories of Race and Change and Make a Difference (also adapted for secondary school audiences)