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James Forman collection

Repository: King Center

Collection Description (CRHP): The James Forman Collection consists of approximately 300 reel-to-reel tapes and exists with minimal intellectual control. The following description is from a preliminary inventory of the collection. The collection includes interviews with the following: Ivanhoe Donaldson, James Forman, Dick Gregory, John Lewis, Robert McNamara, Sheila Michaels, and Greg Moore, in addition to other interviews ostensibly recorded from commercial broadcasts. The collection includes speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Alan Ribback, James Mays, Roy Wilkins, and James Forman; audio recordings of James Forman discussing his arrests in Moss Point, Mississippi; Robert McNamara discussing missing civil rights workers; Sheila Michaels discussing the Hattiesburg church burning; members of SNCC interviewed by Studs Terkel in 1962; unidentified general discussions on voting, starting a newspaper, and jobs for African Americans; unidentified discussions and comparisons of conditions and experiences for civil rights workers in Mississippi, Alabama, and southwestern Georgia in 1965; poetry readings by Sterling Brown; John Hope Franklin giving a speech at Knoxville College entitled "Civil Rights Movement in Historical Perspective" in 1965; discussions of police brutality in Gadsden, Alabama; an interview from jail in Greenwood, Mississippi, by Dick Frye; audio recordings of SNCC staff meetings in addition to multiple mass meetings throughout Alabama and Mississippi; a recording of Fannie Lou Hamer leading a group in singing "Wade in the Water"; audio of the funeral services of Andrew Goodman; a taped phone conversation between James Forman, Julian Bond, and [?] Selvin; a 1966 Lowndes County church service and speech on voter registration; a Freedom Corps community meeting in Edward, Mississippi; Stokely Carmichael's reaction to the shooting of James Meredith; eight tapes of a civil rights teach-in at NYU in 1965; folk songs from Mound Beulah(?); various recordings of Freedom Singers; etc.

Access Copy Note: Access restrictions apply due to formats (audio reel tapes)

Date(s): 1962-1966

Finding Aid: Collection inventory available at repository

Language: English

Interviewees: Ivanhoe Donaldson, James Forman, Dick Gregory, John Lewis, Robert McNamara, Sheila Michaels, Greg Moore

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Freedom Singers
Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Mississippi Freedom Project
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Speeches

 

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