J. Todd Moye

J. Todd Moye

J. Todd Moye is a professor of history at the University of North Texas, the director of the UNT Oral History Program, and in 2017–2018 the president of the Oral History Association. He is the author of several articles and books on the history of the modern African American freedom struggle. They include Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II (2010), a narrative history of the most significant civil rights struggle of the World War II era based on a collection of more than 800 oral histories; Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Organizing in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945–1986 (2004), a community study of grassroots civil rights and pro-segregation movements in the Mississippi Delta; and Ella Baker: Community Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement (2013), an intellectual biography of one of the movement’s most important thinkers and strategists. He has co-created several digital history projects, including Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Civil Rights Struggles in Texas, the North Texas History Harvest, and The Crisis at Mansfield. He also directed the National Park Service’s Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project from 2000 to 2005.

Twitter: @todd_moye.


  • The Civil Rights Movement: America's Best Idea
  • Ella Baker: The Woman who Invented the Civil Rights Movement
  • The Double Victory of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Setting up an Oral History Project


Ella Baker: The Woman Who Invented the Civil Rights Movement

This lecture was sponsored by the history department of Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, in March 2016. Recorded and produced by college videographer, Randy Clower.

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