The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Black life in Mississippi in the 1950s
Repository: University of Kentucky. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
Collection Description (Extant): Although not segregated by law, in the 1950s and 60s whites and African Americans lived very separate lives in different sections of Yazoo City, Mississippi. African American interviewees talk about their living conditions, education, jobs, and time in the military. Other topics include the role of the church in society, resistance to racial integration in public schools, racial discrimination in the workplace and fair employment opportunities, and the African American boycott of downtown Yazoo in 1969. Also discussed is an incident in 1955 where an NAACP petition was submitted to the White Citizens Council of Yazoo City, asking for complete desegregation of public schools.
Access Copy Note: Restrictions apply.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: Collection Code OHBLM; Series Code BLM001
Extent: 6 interviews (7 hours of audiocassette recordings)
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Discrimination in employment
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
White Citizens councils