↓ Refine your search

Results 1 - 18 of 18

  • Page 1 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    Jamila Jones Interview, 4-27-11 Page 1 of 12 Civil Rights History Project Interview completed by the Southern Oral History Program under contract to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Library of Congress, 2011 Interviewee: Ms. Jamila Jones Interview date: April 27, 2011 Location: Artmore Hotel, midtown Atlanta, Georgia Interviewer: Joseph Mosnier, Ph.D. Videographer: John Bishop Length: 49:27 ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 2 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    Joe Mosnier: Today is Wednesday, April 27, 2011. We're in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Artmore Hotel in midtown Atlanta, with Ms. Jamila Jones, um, to conduct an oral history for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture project entitled "The Civil Rights History Project." My name is Joe Mosnier of the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, and our videographer ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 3 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    And she taught us, uh, that we were important - I can remember that - and that, uh, it was key that we, uh, learn our rights, and that, uh, voting was an important aspect of, uh, our lives. And I can just remember those things about the conversations that she had with us. And she also taught us that, uh, it was important ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 4 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JM: Um-hmm. Um, when the boycott concluded and some measure of success was realized, in some measure on that narrow question of busing, what was your feeling? JJ: It was a joyous feeling, of course. And no longer we felt that we had to take the abuse, uh, that we had experienced on those buses since I was six years old, because I started ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 5 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: Started singing - we were, um, elementary school students at Alabama State Laboratory High School. And, uh, each Friday we would have a, uh - I would call it a talent show. And we formed this group, uh, three girls - uh, actually it was four of us from the beginning - formed this group [10:00] so that we could compete each Friday ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 6 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JM: Yeah. Which was your church? JJ: Uh, mine was Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion church. JM: Was any of the other girls, uh, at Reverend King's church? JJ: Uh, none of us were, uh, members - JM: Yeah. JJ: Of Reverend King's church. Minnie McCants was a member of, uh, Reverend [Ralph David] Abernathy's church. JM: Um-hmm, um-hmm. JJ: I was with, uh, Reverend ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 7 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    It was because we - our repertoire of songs, of freedom songs, were, uh, great and extensive that he asked that we come to, uh, uh, New York to do, uh, freedom songs to raise money for the Movement, Southern Movement. And that's how we got to Carnegie Hall with Reverend [Fred] Shuttlesworth and others, to do that, uh, fundraiser. And from that came ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 8 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    And Mrs. Abernathy, uh, said, uh, "We don't have anybody to pick them up." Now, a lot of adults will tell you that they did, [laughs] but that day we stole a car. We said, "Well, oh, we got to go, uh, find a way to get the, uh, Freedom Riders!" And, uh, there was a girl, her name was Antonette Carson, and she ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 9 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    And I was an adult before I really understood what he was saying, but we played this game in Montgomery, and we would sing the "Doodle Bug Song." It was [begins to sing], "Back-a-back, doodle, back, back. Your house is on afire. Your children's burning. Back-a-back, doodle, back, back." And I had to think about it as I became an adult, because I really ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 10 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: Yes. And, uh, SNCC did that. And when Bernice Reagon asked me to participate, we did the music for that first Penny Festival that we would, uh, we were doing. And, um, after, I said, "Goodness, I haven't been singing, and this was so good to participate in this kind of thing." So, myself, along with another singer that, uh, was in the ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 11 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: I will. Um, I do want to say a bit more about Highlander and how our songs began to change as we, uh, attended those workshops with Guy Carawan and all. If you go back to the songs, you'll see that we were singing songs, but basically we didn't write the songs. There is a Montgomery song that represents that movement that was ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 12 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: You know what? I don't know how much light I can, uh, place on that, because you have to remember that I was at Highlander when I was probably fourteen years old. And we weren't thinking at the time, "Oh, I said this; I did this." That was not upon our minds. So that I can remember that, uh, when we went to ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 13 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: Now, that stands out. JM: I'm sure there are lots. JJ: But - there are a number of them, but I can say that we were in Montgomery. I was in college at the time. And we were, uh, King was going to take us from his church - uh, he was no longer living there at the time, but he had come ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 14 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    But let me just go back and say, at twelve years old, uh, Mrs. Rosa Parks and Mrs. Williams, uh, taught us how to fill out twenty-seven-page questionnaires, uh, so that we could go into the homes of adults and teach them how to fill out those questions, uh, to become voters. That's what you had to do at the time, just silly, stupid ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 15 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JM: Sure, sure. JJ: You know, but, um - unless you have some questions about the things - uh, want me to expand on things that have already been said, I'll just kind of think, you know - don't you -? JM: We've done pretty well, is that what you're saying? JJ: I would think. [Laughs] JM: Yeah. No, I think it's been fabulous. ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 16 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: Yes. Um, our community were, uh, was filled with people who had participated in struggle in some type way. Um, we had Flora Grant, who had one of the large debits in, uh, Atlanta Life Insurance Company and who kept herself close to movement things that's happening in the community, who would come to my home and sit with my mother to talk ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 17 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    JJ: So, the people in the community - and as I say and tell young people, the sum total of what you select to do in life will determine your life. And I think it was the sum total of these people and their impact on our lives that kept us even today, as I sit here, sixty-seven years old, uh, still involved in, ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27
  • Page 18 of Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Jones, Jamila - Bishop, John Melville
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-27