The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
The Duke Ellington oral history
Repository: Yale University. Library. Oral History of American Music (OHAM)
Collection Description (CRHP): This series features an interview with black power activist Amiri Baraka. Ellington himself had a complicated relationship to the civil rights movement. He refused to play to segregated audiences yet turned down an invitation to participate in Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in 1963.
Collection Description (Extant): The Duke Ellington Oral History comprises  interviews with and about Ellington, one of America's greatest composers. Included are many of the foremost artists of the century, such as Alvin Ailey, Amiri Baraka, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Greer, John Hammond, Al Hibbler, Sy Oliver, Max Roach, Billy Taylor, Randy Weston, and Mary Lou Williams. A series on Billy Strayhorn, Ellington's elusive and talented colleague, has evolved from the Ellington Project.
Access Copy Note: Transcripts are available for purchase.
Collection URL: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/oham/ellington.html
Digital Status: No
Extent: 118 interviews (transcripts; audio recordings)
Interviewees: Amiri Baraka
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American authors
African American musicians
African Americans--Civil rights
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974