The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Charles H. Wright Museum living history collection
Repository: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Collection Description (CRHP): Narrators focus on religion, family life, education, race relations, and a variety of other topics about life in Detroit, including the civil disturbances of 1943 and 1967, Sojourner Truth Homes, and Dr. King's march on Woodward.
The interviews, which were made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, were conducted in two phases. Phase I interviewers (2007) were Patrina Chatman and Ron Scott. Phase II interviewers (2007-2008) included Carla Thomas-McGinnis, Casaundra Simmons, and Melissa Samson.
Access Copy Note: DVD copies of most interviews in this collection are available at the Museum archives. Video excerpts of some interviews are online. Click on "Meet the People." Each excerpt includes a PDF transcript and follow-along script.
Collection URL: http://www.charleswrightmuseum.net/living_history/#LivingHistory
Digital Status: Born-digital
Extent: 52 mini-DV discs, 2 DVD discs digital
Related Archival Items: The Charles H. Wright Museum also holds digital copies of the StoryCorps Griot Initiative interviews conducted in Detroit in 2007 (AV004). All interviews recorded as part of the Griot Initiative are also archived at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture in addition to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Interviewees: Patrina Chatman, Ron Scott, Carla Thomas-McGinnis, Casaundra Simmons, Melissa Samson, Leon Atchinson, Irving Petross, Lawrence V. Banks, Helen Gentry, Irene Brazelton Lampton
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American churches--Michigan
African Americans--Social life and customs
Civil rights demonstrations--Michigan
Civil rights movements--Michigan
Discrimination in education
Discrimination in housing
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968