Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
McDew, Charles
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Albany
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Civil Rights Workers
Civil Rights Movements
Filmed Interviews
Oral Histories
South Carolina State College
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United States
Voter Registration
Charles F. McDew oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Albany, Georgia, 2011-06-04.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
McDew, Charles (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Albany, Georgia, April 2011, 6
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  African American civil rights workers--Interviews
-  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
-  Voter registration--Mississippi
-  South Carolina State College
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Georgia -- Albany
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Charles McDew recalls growing up in Massillon, Ohio, his family's involvement in the steel mill unions and attending South Carolina State University. He remembers being arrested three times in two days for not obeying segregation laws in South Carolina, founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and registering voters in Mississippi.
-  Biographical History: Charles McDew was born in 1938 in Massillon, Ohio. He attended Roosevelt University and South Carolina State University, and worked as a community organizer and educator at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota.
-  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
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
5 video files of 5 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (82 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (27 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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