Dr. Kitty Oliver is a veteran South Florida journalist, oral historian, author, and television and radio producer who came of age with integration in America and has made a career of developing creative dialogues across races, ethnicities and cultures.
She was one of the first Black freshmen at the University of Florida and one of the first Black staff writers and columnists at the Miami Herald. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Florida International University) and a Ph.D focusing on race and ethnic communication (Florida Atlantic University) and she was a full-time writing professor at area universities for over a decade.
Dr. Oliver’s books and videos are used widely in public schools, college classrooms and community forums. She is author of the memoir “Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl” (University Press of Kentucky); “Voices of America: Race and Change in Hollywood, Florida” (Arcadia Publishing) a landmark study of race relations experiences of Black, White, Hispanic and Asian native-born and immigrant residents; and “Multicultural Reflections on Race and Change” (Bordighera Press), a collection of cross-cultural intergenerational stories on race and ethnic relations. Her PBS television documentaries include “Celebrate…the Cultural Connection,” “Race and Change: Hollywood Stories,” and, most recently, the 10-part series “Crossing Cultures, Changing Lives” which has aired widely throughout Florida.
She founded the Race and Change Oral History Archive with 125 life histories of American-born, immigrant, and West African narrators housed in Special Collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. It is one of the largest cross-cultural international collections of stories on race and ethnic relations in the country and the digitized interviews are a valuable resource for researchers. As director of the Knight Foundation-funded multimedia website The Race and Change Initiative at FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, she produces the webcast University iTunes channels “Voices of Race and Change” and “Voices of Race and Change: The Younger Generation,” showcasing the experiences of teenage immigrants, college students, and their elders.
CNN’s “Black in America” has chronicled her innovative work, and she is featured in a cameo interview onpersonal race relations experiences in Florida in the award-winning Ron Howard documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” with Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, and Elvis Costello.
Dr. Oliver has become an award winning, in-demand scholar, writer and professional entertainer. Her CD of original inspirational jazz is entitled “The Calling of Our Time.” She travels internationally now presenting performances and lectures and conducting dialogues on differences in an entertaining, hopeful way.