Project CAM (cultural arts and multi-media justice), is an intergenerational, technology, communication and education program of Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER). Building upon the organization’s extensive oral history and community organizing video archive, Project CAM allows individuals the opportunity to explore basic learning skills using a hands-on approach, while promoting individual critical thinking skills and creativity. Specifically, Project CAM helps Montgomery County children access and understand local history, gives them a sense of purpose, and lifts up success stories of overcoming racial barriers such as African American firsts (mayors, superintendents, local officials, business owners).
Key program activities will include: community forums to bring awareness of the true history of the county, provide cultural diversity workshops, and engage in dialogues; local training, workshops, and traveling to different conferences such as: cultural awareness workshops, Veterans of Civil Rights Conference, SNCC Conference, college fairs/visits, software training, youth leadership training, digital storytelling oral history production, intergenerational community organizing, and activities that will raise the self-esteem of youth; and networking with other counties such as Tallahatchie County and the youth involved in the Emmett Till Commission, giving Montgomery County youth to engage peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance. These activities are documented via video/photo for evaluation, training, distribution, and broadening the base of support through issues via oral history, docudrama, digital storytelling, plays, and the observation and celebration of cultural events.