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Multicultural Community Alliance records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Multicultural Community Alliance.
Title: Multicultural Community Alliance records
Dates: 2000-2004
Quantity: 1.22 Linear feet (2 boxes, 1 audiocassette box)
Abstract:The Multicultural Community Alliance served the Hispanic population in Carroll County and surrounding areas from 2000 to 2004. Initially known as the Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning, the organization offered English language instruction, healthcare information, citizenship classes and a variety of events and activities.
Identification: LH-0062

Biographical/Historical Note

The Multicultural Community Alliance served the Hispanic population in Carroll County and surrounding areas from 2000 to 2004. Initially known as the Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning, the organization offered English language instruction, healthcare information, citizenship classes and a variety of events and activities.

During the 1990s, Carroll County’s Hispanic community experienced a sudden population boom. According to census data from 2000, the county’s Hispanic population grew more than 278 percent within the ten year period—accounting for nearly 3 percent of the county’s total populace. This rapidly increase in the Hispanic population presented Carroll County with a number of unique challenges. Faced with linguistic and cultural barriers, local government divisions, like the public school system and the health department, struggled to provide essential services for this continually growing immigrant community. In an effort to address these challenges, the Brookwood Project began.

Dr. Marjorie Snipes, professor of anthropology at the State University of West Georgia, and Suzy Montalto, who was then working for the Carroll County Education Foundation LIFT program which was affiliated with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, founded the Brookwood Project initially to provide English language instruction and legal referral services to the Hispanic community.

As the organization evolved it began to offer citizenship classes, job skills training, as well as instructional Spanish reading programs for the non-literate. Soon after the project’s inception, the Carrollton Housing Authority donated an apartment unit at the Brookwood Apartments, a city-owned apartment complex housing the highest concentration of Hispanics in the county, to serve as the projects center for outreach and learning.

In 2000, Brookwood Apartment residents were the focus of a survey conducted through the State University of West Georgia course, Anthropology 3188 (Ethnographic Field Methods).

In July 2001, the Brookwood Center relocated to the Tracy Stallings Recreation Center in downtown Carrollton. Along with its new location, the center now became known as the Multicultural Community Alliance. Under the umbrella of Carrollton’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts division, the new name and location allowed the center to provide services to a much larger and diverse group of Hispanic immigrants from all over the county.

During the formation and implementation of Multicultural Community Alliance program, Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, associate professor of psychology at the university, simultaneously began to develop Latinos United of Carroll County, a grassroots organization that grew out of the work done by both the Brookwood Center and the Multicultural Community Alliance. However, the Latinos United of Carroll County (LUCC) focused on community development and empowerment that stemmed from within the immigrant community itself and encouraged Latinos to develop a singular identity and voice within the larger community. By 2004, the LUCC became a self-sustained, Latino-run organization and the services once provided by the Multicultural Community Alliance were integrated into those offered by the LUCC.

2004 also saw the Carrollton Housing Authority’s closure of the Brookwood Apartments. The lot was eventually sold to the University of West Georgia, who tore down the buildings and in its place erected a community of fraternity and sorority houses known as the Greek Village.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of announcements, annual reports, brochures, clippings, grants, lists, maps, newsletters, photographs, press releases, surveys, and syllabi.

The materials in this collection document services provided by the organization which was known initially as the Brookwood Center and later, the Multicultural Community Alliance. Items such as announcements, brochures and newsletters offer specific information on the daily operations of the center. Also of particular note are data on Brookwood Apartment residents (see date-occupants) and survey results from the field questionnaire used in the Anthropology course.

Second accession consists of brochures and flyers, grant applications, newsletters, photographs, clippings, later Brookwood materials, and audiocassettes of recorded individual interviews.


Index Terms

Hispanic Americans--Education--Georgia
Hispanic Americans--Georgia
Hispanic Americans--Health and hygiene--Georgia
Multicultural Community Alliance. -- Archives

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Multicultural Community Alliance records. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Helena “Suzy” Montalto and Marjorie M. Snipes, November 2013. Second accession received as gift December 2017.

Processing Information note

Processed by Brian Crews in 2014. Second accession processed by Russ Lenox 2018.

Sponsorship


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia Library.


Container List

 

I: First Accession

Box

Fldr

11Announcement, Anthropology Survey (in Spanish), 2000
2Annual Report, June 2001-March 2002
3Annual Report, April 2002-March 2003
4Annual Report, April 2003-April 2004
5Brochure-Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning, [2000]
6Brochure-Grand Fiesta, 2001
7Clippings, 2000-2001
8Data-Occupants, 1999-2000
9Grant-Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, 2000
10Map-Brookwood, Hand-drawn and colored, 2000
11Maps-Brookwood Apartments and area
12Miscellaneous
13Newsletter- “Brookwood Center”, 2000-2001
14Personnel-Policies and Job Descriptions
15Photographs- Anthro3188 (Ethnographic Field Methods) Students Conducting Survey at Brookwood, 2000
16Photographs-Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning ribbon cutting, 2000
17Photographs-Brookwood Day Camp, 2000
18Photographs-English Language Program, 2000
19Photographs-Health Fairs, 2001-2003
20Photographs-Mt. Zion Elementary School, After School Program, 2001-2003
21Photographs-Multicultural Community Alliance classes, 2001-2004
22Photographs-Staff and Volunteering
23Photographs-Tanner Health System donation, 2003
24Photograph- West Georgia Regional Library Bookmobile, 2000
25Photograph- WWGC, 2000 (photocopies)
26Photographs- Multicultural Community Alliance ribbon cutting, 2001
27Press Release- Gold Kist Foundation grant, 2001
28Roster-Anthro3188 Students
29Six Month Review-Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning, [2001]
30Surveys-Brookwood Field Study (Folder 1 of 2), 2000
31Surveys-Brookwood Field Study (Folder 2 of 2), 2000
32Survey Results-Summary, 2000
33Syllabus-Anthro3188 (Ethnographic Field Methods), 2000
 

II: Second Accession

Box

Fldr

21Brochures and Flyers, 2000
2Brookwood Coalition of Carroll County, 2000-2001
3Budget, 2001-2002
4Carter Partnership Award, 2002
5Student Roster and Photographs, Anthropology 3188 (1 of 2), 2000
6Photographs of Students, Anthropology 3188 (2 of 2), 2000
7Newspaper Clippings, 2001-2003
8Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2000-2002
9Miscellaneous Emails, 2002
10Grant Applications, 2000-2003
11Grant Application--The Community Foundation, 2001
12Grant Application--Oracle Help Us Help Foundation, undated
13Agendas and Minutes, 2001-2002
14Miscellaneous, 2000-2002
15Newsletters, 2003-2004
16Photographs--Brookwood Apartments, 2000-2002
17"Bienvenidos a Carroll County", 2000-2002

Box

3Brookwood Project/Latinos Unidos audio cassettes, 2000-2002, Nine audiocassettes
Individual interviews to determine what services were most needed by the Hispanic community at Brookwood. These are not oral histories.