Who We Are

The Black Camden Oral History Project is led by Dr. Kendra D. Boyd and Dr. Jesse Bayker with help from our friends at the Rutgers Oral History Archives.

Dr. Kendra D. Boyd is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University–Camden where she teaches African American history. Her research focuses on black business and economic history, urban history, and migration. She is a Public Humanities Fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and is a lifetime member of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance. Currently, she is writing a book on black entrepreneurship and racial capitalism in Great Migration–era Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Jesse Bayker is the Research Project Manager and Digital Archivist at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He manages research projects focusing on African American history at the institute’s Scarlet and Black Research Center. In addition to conducting oral histories, he is also working to collect and digitize archival materials about African American history in New Jersey as part of the Scarlet and Black Digital Archive. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

This project is supported by the Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity (CIED) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University–Camden.