Film, Video Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 2011-05-28.

Format Film, Video
Contributors Bennett, Geraldine Crawford
Breaux, Toni
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Jenkins, Willie Elliot
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Bogalusa
Louisiana
United States
Language English
Subjects Bogalusa
Bogalusa Voters League
Civil Rights Movements
Deacons for Defense and Justice
Discrimination in Employment
Filmed Interviews
Hicks, Robert
Interviews
Jenkins, Gayle
Jenkins, Willie Elliot
Louisiana
Oral Histories
School Integration
United States
Title
Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 2011-05-28.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Jenkins, Willie Elliot, 1952- (Interviewee)
Breaux, Toni, 1947- (Interviewee)
Bennett, Geraldine Crawford (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Bogalusa, Louisiana, None 2011, 5
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Civil rights movements--Louisiana--Bogalusa
-  Discrimination in employment--Louisiana--Bogalusa
-  Deacons for Defense and Justice
-  Hicks, Robert, 1929-2010
-  Bogalusa Voters League
-  School integration--Louisiana--Bogalusa
-  Jenkins, Gayle, d. 2002
-  Jenkins, Willie Elliot, 1952-
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Louisiana -- Bogalusa
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins remember their mother and sister Gayle Jenkins, a leader of the civil rights movement in Bogalusa, Louisiana. They discuss their family history, how the family became involved in the movement, and Willie Jenkins' court case to integrate the public schools. They recall being protected by the Deacons of Defense and Justice, marching in local rallies, and memories of their late brother Don, who was also involved in the movement.
-  Biographical History: Willie Elliot Jenkins was born December 7, 1952 to Gayle E. and Monroe Jenkins with siblings Willie "Toni" Expose and Don Duan Expose. He was the nephew of Geraldine Bennett. He participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and integrated the public schools.
-  Biographical History: Toni Breaux was born April 10 1947 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, to Gayle E. Expose, who later married Monroe Jenkins. Her siblings were Don Duan Expose and Willie "Chuck" Jenkins and she is the niece of Geraldine Bennett. She married Michael Harry Melton, Sr. in 1971 and Roger Breaux II in 1990 and had 3 sons. She attended Dillard University, BA; Southeastern Louisiana University, M.Ed. and worked as a teacher.
-  None
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
8 video files of 8 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (82 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (57 pages)
Call Number
afc2010039_crhp0018_jenkins_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv04.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv05.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv06.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv07.mov
afc2010039_crhp0018_mv08.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center

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