The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Robert J. Booker oral history
Repository: Knox County Public Library. East Tennessee History Center
Collection Description (CRHP): This videotaped oral history is of Robert J. Booker, a prominent civil rights activist in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a student, he organized the sit-ins in downtown Knoxville. He later was the first black elected to the Tennessee state legislature from Knoxville in the twentieth century. He was instrumental in establishing the Beck Cultural Center on African American history in Knoxville. The raw footage of the interview is at the center as well as a 30-minute condensed video version of the oral history that includes photographs.
Extent: 2 video recordings; photographs; 1 transcript
Related Archival Items: The interview was done by Steve Cotham, who is collections manager of the East Tennessee History Center's historical collection. He also did oral histories of local civil rights activists Avon Rollins and Sarah Moore Green (see separate database entries) as well as oral histories that deal with Knoxville history more broadly. The archive also includes the WBIR-TV Newsfilm Collection which consists of digitized local footage including of the civil rights movement. In addition, the archive includes the Knoxville Journal morgue file, which contains news clippings related to the Clinton, TN, school desegregation ordeal.
Interviewees: Robert J. Booker
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American politicians--Tennessee
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Knoxville (Tenn.)--Politics and government
Tennessee--Politics and government