Co-founded in 2001 by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D. and Renee Poussaint, The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, unites generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. Some of these elders are nationally recognized leaders, who are interviewed on videotape by NVLP's co-founders and board members. Other Visionary elders, known primarily in their local communities, are selected and interviewed by NVLP college Fellows. This invaluable primary source material is accessible worldwide on the NVLP website, and permanently archived at the Library of Congress, allowing students, scholars and the public to gain a whole new understanding of this country's past, and the lessons to be learned from it.
NVLP Programs Include:
Oral History Interviews
- An extensive, publicly-accessible internet archive of videotaped interviews with legendary African American elders.
- The NVLP Collection of African American Oral Histories; a permanent collection of NVLP interviews established at the Library of Congress.
- The Visionary Heritage Fellows Program which trains college students to record and document the oral histories of Visionaries in their home communities.
- Production of multimedia lesson plans built upon national educational standards and featuring NVLP interviews.
- The Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America, a discussion of contemporary issues between honored Visionaries - distinguished in the humanities, arts and sciences - and a student audience, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
- The NVLP High School Essay Contest, a competition in conjunction with the Summit to introduce DC area high schools students to the Summit honorees. Winning schools receive "Visionary Visits."
- Intergenerational Roundtable Discussions ; topical live webcast forums featuring nationally-known Visionaries and a select audience.
- The Wisdom Awards Celebration honoring Visionaries distinguished in the Performing Arts with tribute performances by young protégés.
- NVLP's " Legacy Guide" created for African American community groups and churches across the country, to help them with the process of recording their own elders' life histories.
- " National Registry of African American Oral Histories," a web-based registry created to keep track of these historic interviews.