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  • Ekwueme Michael Thelwell oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Pelham, Massachusetts,

    Ekueme Michael Thelwell remembers his time as a student activist at Howard University and his experiences with the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Working primarily out of Washington, D.C., Thelwell marched in and organized demonstrations and made major contributions to SNCC and MFDP strategy around voter registration and the MFDP's 1965 effort ...

    • Contributor: Thelwell, Michael - Crosby, Emilye - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Euvester Simpson oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Jackson, Mississippi,

    Euvester Simpson discusses her childhood in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and she describes her parents' decision to send her to Racine, Wisconsin, to attend high school because they were fed up with segregated public schools in Mississippi. For her last year of high school, Simpson returned to Mississippi, and she became active in the Civil Rights Movement. She describes attending a citizenship school in Charleston, ...

    • Contributor: Simpson, Euvester - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Dorie Ann Ladner and Joyce Ladner oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Washington, D.C.,

    Doris and Joyce Ladner discuss organizing for the March on Washington with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Dorie Ladner recalls her work with SNCC in Natchez, Mississippi, and the murder and trial of Medgar Evers. They both remember growing up in Palmers Crossing, Mississippi, their family history, joining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth chapter led by Clyde ...

    • Contributor: Ladner, Dorie - Ladner, Joyce A. - Mosnier, Joseph - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Rosie Head oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Tchula, Mississippi,

    Rosie Head describes her early life in Greenwood, Mississippi, where her family lived and worked on a plantation. She discusses how her parents faced racial discrimination in their work and how they were cheated by the plantation owner and then blacklisted. In 1964, Head joined the Civil Rights Movement in Tchula, Mississippi, where her family had relocated. Head recounts the various ways she was ...

    • Contributor: Head, Rosie M. - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Walter Tillow oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Louisville, Kentucky,

    Walter Tillow discusses how he joined the Civil Rights Movement as a college student and how that led him into labor and leftist movements. He describes his childhood in New York City and the leftist politics of his parents, as well as how he learned about the Movement as a college student at Harpur College and as a graduate student at Cornell University. In ...

    • Contributor: Tillow, Walter M. - Cline, David P. - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Simeon Booker and Moses James Newson oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Washington, D.C.,

    Simeon Booker and Moses Newson recall their early careers in journalism at several African American newspapers. Newson remembers covering school desegregation cases in Clinton, Tennessee and Hoxie, Arkansas, for the Memphis Tri-State Defender. Booker discusses covering the Emmett Till murder and the integration of Little Rock High School for Jet. They both remember covering the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington.

    • Contributor: Booker, Simeon - Mosnier, Joseph - Newson, Moses J. - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Gainesville, Florida,

    Gwendolyn Simmons recalls joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a student at Spelman College. She remembers directing SNCC's voter registration and Freedom School, called the Freedom Summer Project in Laurel, Mississippi. She discusses learning about Black Nationalism in New York, the decision in SNCC to expel white members, and her work with the American Friends Service Committee's Program on Government Surveillance and ...

    • Contributor: Simmons, Gwendolyn Zoharah - Mosnier, Joseph - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia,

    Doris Derby discusses her childhood in the Bronx, joining a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth group, and attending Hunter College. She recalls her work in African art and dance, and traveling to Albany, Georgia, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with voter registration. She remembers teaching adult literacy in Mississippi with SNCC, starting the Free Southern Theater, ...

    • Contributor: Derby, Doris Adelaide - Mosnier, Joseph - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Rick Tuttle oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Culver City, California,

    Rick Tuttle describes his family background and when he first became aware of the sit-in movement and the Freedom Rides when he was a student at Wesleyan University. As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was recruited to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963 and went to Greenwood, Mississippi, to work on voter registration drives. ...

    • Contributor: Tuttle, Rick - Cline, David P. - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • John Elliott Churchville oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

    John Churchville recalls growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his mother's career as a music teacher, moving to New York, and converting to Islam. He remembers joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), registering voters in Americus, Georgia, and in Mississippi. He discusses moving back to Philadelphia, converting to Christianity, and founding the Freedom Library and Black People's Unity Movement.

    • Contributor: Churchville, John Elliott - Mosnier, Joseph - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Walter Tillow oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Louisville, Kentucky,

    Walter Tillow discusses how he joined the Civil Rights Movement as a college student and how that led him into labor and leftist movements. He describes his childhood in New York City and the leftist politics of his parents, as well as how he learned about the Movement as a college student at Harpur College and as a graduate student at Cornell University. In ...

    • Contributor: Tillow, Walter M. - Cline, David P. - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013
  • Simeon Wright oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Chicago, Illinois,

    Simeon Wright discusses his cousin, Emmett Till, and his attempts to correct the historical record concerning Till's murder. He recalls Till's visit to his home in Mississippi, going to Bryant's store, and the night that Till was kidnapped. He remembers the trial, moving to Chicago, and how the murder and publicity affected his family.

    • Contributor: Wright, Simeon - Mosnier, Joseph - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011

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  • Ekwueme Michael Thelwell oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Pelham, Massachusetts,

    Ekueme Michael Thelwell remembers his time as a student activist at Howard University and his experiences with the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Working primarily out of Washington, D.C., Thelwell marched in and organized demonstrations and made major contributions to SNCC and MFDP strategy around voter registration and the MFDP's 1965 effort ...

    • Contributor: Thelwell, Michael - Crosby, Emilye - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013
  • Rosie Head oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Tchula, Mississippi,

    Rosie Head describes her early life in Greenwood, Mississippi, where her family lived and worked on a plantation. She discusses how her parents faced racial discrimination in their work and how they were cheated by the plantation owner and then blacklisted. In 1964, Head joined the Civil Rights Movement in Tchula, Mississippi, where her family had relocated. Head recounts the various ways she was ...

    • Contributor: Head, Rosie M. - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013
  • Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi,

    Walter Bruce shares memories of his childhood in Durant, Mississippi, where his family sharecropped. As a young man he became a carpenter and also a gospel singer. He describes his early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, including his participation in Mississippi Freedom Summer. Bruce was involved in community and political organizing throughout the 1960s, from helping to start health clinics and participating in ...

    • Contributor: Bruce, Walter - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Joan Trumpauer Mulholland oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Arlington, Virginia,

    Joan Trumpauer Mulholland shares how, as a child in Arlington, Virginia, her awareness of racial disparities grew. As a student at Duke University, she began participating in the sit-in movement. She soon moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), which led her to participate in the Freedom Rides of 1961. She describes in detail serving time at Mississippi State Penitentiary ...

    • Contributor: Mulholland, Joan Trumpauer - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Martha Prescod Norman Noonan oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Cockeysville, Maryland,

    Martha Prescod Norman Noonan describes her childhood in Providence, Rhode Island, and being one of the few black families in the neighborhood. Her parents urged her to attend the University of Michigan, where she joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and learned about the Civil Rights Movement in the South. She eventually made her way to Albany, Georgia, where she worked with the ...

    • Contributor: Noonan, Martha P. - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Lawrence Guyot oral history interview conducted by Julian Bond in Washington, D.C.,

    Lawrence Guyot recalls growing up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, and the influence of his family, and attending Tougaloo College. He remembers meeting members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), joining the organization, and participating in Freedom Summer. He discusses his opinions and memories of Mississippi politics, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and his later life in Washington, D. C.

    • Contributor: Guyot, Lawrence - Bond, Julian - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010

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  • Luis Zapata oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Silver Spring, Maryland,

    Luis Zapata describes his childhood in Orange County, California, and how he came to join the labor movement as a college student at San Jose State University. He discusses the organizing work he did with the United Farm Workers and how he ended up moving to Cleveland, Mississippi, for four years where he organized for the Mississippi Freedom Labor Union and helped to register ...

    • Contributor: Zapata, Luis - Crosby, Emilye - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi,

    Robert G. Clark, Jr., describes the early life experiences that led up to his successful campaign for political office in the Mississippi Legislature, where he became the first African American elected since Reconstruction. He discusses his childhood in Pickens, Mississippi, and he describes the family farm that he now owns, his relationship to his family, and the expectations that they had of him to ...

    • Contributor: Clark, Robert George - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Euvester Simpson oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Jackson, Mississippi,

    Euvester Simpson discusses her childhood in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and she describes her parents' decision to send her to Racine, Wisconsin, to attend high school because they were fed up with segregated public schools in Mississippi. For her last year of high school, Simpson returned to Mississippi, and she became active in the Civil Rights Movement. She describes attending a citizenship school in Charleston, ...

    • Contributor: Simpson, Euvester - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013
  • Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina,

    Cleveland Sellers shares memories of growing up in Denmark, South Carolina, especially the influence of Voorhees College in the community. He organized a Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Denmark, and he describes the group's activities. He discusses his first impressions of Howard University, where he joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG). He shares memories of ...

    • Contributor: Sellers, Cleveland - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Kay Tillow oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Louisville, Kentucky,

    Kay Tillow describes learning about the Civil Rights Movement as a student at the University of Illinois, where she got involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She remembers attending the trials of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers in Cairo, Illinois, and traveling to Ghana in 1962. When she returned to the United States in 1963 she participated ...

    • Contributor: Tillow, Kay - Cline, David P. - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Julia Matilda Burns oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Tchula, Mississippi,

    Julia Matilda Burns describes her experience in segregated schools in Humphreys County, Mississippi, where she grew up. After becoming a teacher at Marshall High School in Belzoni, Mississippi, she began to take notice of the Civil Rights Movement, but her involvement was limited because she did not want to lose her job. Burns describes protests by whites against school desegregation in Tchula, Mississippi, and ...

    • Contributor: Burns, Julia Matilda - Dittmer, John - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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  • Lisa Anderson Todd oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Washington, D.C.,

    Lisa Anderson Todd shares memories from when she was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) volunteer in Mississippi in 1963 and her recollections of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. Todd describes how she was introduced to the Movement during her participation in a work camp at Tougaloo College and how she went on to do voter ...

    • Contributor: Todd, Lisa Anderson - Crosby, Emilye - Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013

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