Benji de la Piedra is an oral historian and writer, working on a book about the African American journalist Herbert Denton, Jr. Benji lives in Little Rock, Arkansas (Denton's hometown), and is an affiliate of Central Arkansas Library System (Little Rock's public library), through which he founded and directs the Herbert Denton Community History Project. He received his B.A. in American Studies in 2014 and M.A. in Oral History in 2016, both from Columbia University. Benji worked as a TA for Freedom & Citizenship in 2013-2014, and as an assistant graduate coordinator for F&C in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He teaches an oral history course in the Public History M.A. program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and teaches community-based oral history workshops around the United States on a regular basis.