Director of Community & Capacity Building
Co-interim Executive Director
The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, "The Winter Institute"
April Grayson combines her commitment to racial equity and social justice with her passion for storytelling, documentary fieldwork, and art practice. She serves as the Director of Community and Capacity Building for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, where she facilitates the Welcome Table® program, leads equity workshops and trainings, supports intergenerational and youth-focused work, and oversees oral history and documentary projects.
Through her work in the racial equity field, she has collaborated with communities throughout the Deep South, especially Mississippi and New Orleans, as well as nationwide with nonprofits, museums, school districts, universities, professional organizations, and corporations. Since 2017, she has worked closely with local community groups, family members of lynching victims, and the Equal Justice Initiative on lynching memorialization efforts.
Over the past two decades, she has worked in film and video, oral history practice, and arts education, screening films in festivals, galleries, and museums. Her arts, oral history, and community-building equity work are all centered in civil rights history, research to connect personal histories to larger events and movements, and social justice.
She teaches oral history workshops to community groups, high school students, and university groups. She’s currently helping lead an oral history and research project on the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services legal and civil rights advocacy group, as well as an independent project on an African American family in her hometown who led civil rights efforts there. She also teaches as an instructor of Multimedia Storytelling at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media.
Her film and installation projects have screened throughout North America, as well as in Europe, South America, and Africa, including exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Mississippi Museum of Art.
She is based in Oxford, Mississippi, where she lives with her family.