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    African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase

    The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral life histories of extraordinary African American elders who have made significant contributions to American society, and the American Folklife Center is the official repository for these stories. The Library's signature event featured ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2008-02-22
  • Film, Video

    Joseph Echols Lowery oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-06-06.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (u.s.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Lowery, Joseph (joseph E.)
    • Date: 2011-06-06

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    Thomas Walter Gaither oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2011-09-12.

    Thomas Gaither recalls growing up in Great Falls, South Carolina, attending Claflin College, and leading the college's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter. He remembers the student sit-ins in Orangeburg, South Carolina, joining the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and being arrested for protesting in Hollywood, Florida. He discusses organizing the Freedom Rides, his belief in nonviolence, and earning his ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (u.s.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Gaither, Thomas Walter
    • Date: 2011-09-12

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    We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi

    As an illustrator and journalist, Tracy Sugarman covered the nearly one thousand student volunteers who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assist black citizens in the South in registering to vote. Two white students and one black student were slain in the struggle, many were beaten and hundreds arrested, and churches and homes were burned to the ground by the opponents of equality. Yet ...

    • Contributor: Sugarman, Tracy
    • Date: 2009-05-05
  • Film, Video

    Luis Zapata oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Silver Spring, Maryland, 2013-06-27.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (u.s.) - Crosby, Emilye - Zapata, Luis
    • Date: 2013-06-27

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    John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky, 2013-08-15.

    Jean and John Rosenberg begin this interview with recollections of their families' backgrounds. Jean learned about social issues as she was raised by a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, and John's family fled Germany under threat from the Nazis. Jean attended Wilmington College and became a research analyst for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. John grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, where FBI ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (u.s.) - Cline, David P. - Rosenberg, John M. - Rosenberg, Jean Voelker
    • Date: 2013-08-15

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    The Long Black Freedom Struggle: African American Soldiers in WWI & Korea

    Adriane Lentz-Smith of Duke University and David Cline of Virginia Tech discuss the forgotten history of African-American participation in WWI and Korea, followed by a discussion facilitated by Robert Patrick, director of the Veterans History Project.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2014-03-18
  • Film, Video

    McDonald Williams and Jamye Coleman Williams oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes McDonald Williams' memories of growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attending University of Pittsburgh, and Jamye Williams' memories of growing up in Kentucky and attending Wilberforce University. They recall meeting, their marriage, and attending Ohio State University where they both earned PhD's. They discuss teaching at Tennessee State University, joining the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tennessee, and their involvement in ...

    • Contributor: Williams, McDonald
    • Date: 2007
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    Interview with OSSIE DAVIS and RUBY DEE / Catalog Record Only

    The Ossie Davis interview includes his memories of growing up in Georgia, attending Howard University and moving to Harlem where he joined the theater group Rose McClendon Players. He recalls his political activism in the 1930s, serving as an army nurse during World War II, and writing the play PURLIE VICTORIOUS. The Ruby Dee interview includes her memories of growing up in Harlem, her ...

    • Contributor: Davis, Ossie
    • Date: 2004
  • Film, Video

    Sonia Sanchez oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Sonia Sanchez's memories of growing up in Birmingham, Alabama and Harlem, New York. She recalls attending Hunter College, studying African American literature from the Schomburg Library and joining the civil rights movement. She discusses teaching her first class on African American women, writing poems and starting the first Black Studies program in the nation at San Francisco State University.

    • Contributor: Sanchez, Sonia
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    C. T. Vivian oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes C. T. Vivian's memories of growing up in Missouri and Illinois and attending American Baptist Theological Seminary. He discusses his involvement in several civil rights organizations in Nashville, Tennessee, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He also recalls organizing the Freedom Rides in 1961 and being arrested in Selma, Alabama.

    • Contributor: Vivian, C. T.
    • Date: 2004
  • Film, Video

    John Conyers oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes John Conyers' memories of growing up in Detroit, his father's involvement in the United Auto Workers union, his military service in Korea, and his education at Wayne State University. He discusses his involvement in the civil rights movement, including meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. He also discusses his election to congress and many events during his long career, including his work ...

    • Contributor: Conyers, John
    • Date: 2010
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    Benjamin Hooks oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Benjamin Hooks' memories of growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, and attending LeMoyne College and DePaul University Law School. He discusses serving in the segregated army during World War II, starting his law practice and becoming a judge. He recalls his work as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and with the Federal Communications Commission ...

    • Contributor: Hooks, Benjamin L.
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Joseph Lowery oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Joseph Lowery's memories of growing up in Huntsville, Alabama and Chicago, Illinois. He discusses becoming a pastor in Mobile, Alabama and founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth. He recalls several events from the civil rights movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the passing of the Voting Rights Act and the March on ...

    • Contributor: Lowery, Joseph E.
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Ron Dellums oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Ron Dellums' memories of growing up in Oakland, California, joining the marines and attending San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley. He recalls his career as a psychiatric social worker, his involvement in the civil rights and anti-war movements and his election to the Berkeley city council. He discusses serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, founding ...

    • Contributor: Dellums, Ronald V.
    • Date: 2009
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    Wyatt T. Walker oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Wyatt T. Walkers's memories of growing up in New Jersey and attending Virginia Union University. He discusses ministering his first church in Petersburg, Virginia, and becoming involved in the civil rights movement. He recalls meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., who asked him to be on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and being arrested with him in Birmingham, ...

    • Contributor: Walker, Wyatt Tee
    • Date: 2007
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    Coretta Scott King oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Coretta Scott King's memories of growing up in Marion, Alabama, attending Antioch College and meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. while at the New England Conservatory of Music. She discusses their marriage, move to Montgomery, Alabama, and their involvement in the civil rights movement. She also discusses starting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and her involvement in ...

    • Contributor: King, Coretta Scott
    • Date: 2002
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    Charles Kimbrough oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Charles Kimbrough's memories of growing up in rural Tennessee and his army service in Korea. He recalls attending Tennessee State A & I College, veterinary school at Tuskegee University and becoming the first licensed African American veterinarian in Tennessee. He also discusses his involvement in local branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Tennessee and ...

    • Contributor: Kimbrough, Charles E.
    • Date: 2007
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    "Fundi"--the story of Ella Baker / Catalog Record Only

    Copyright: no reg. Copyright notice on film: Fundi Productions, Inc. ; 1981. Cinematography, Judy Irola ; editor, Hortense Beveridge. Appearing: Ella Baker, Bob Moses, Marion Barry. This film was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sources used: Media review digest, 1982, p. 104; Index to 16mm educational films, 8th ed., v. 2, p. 760. Received: 5/30/85; ref print; ...

    • Date: 1981
  • Film, Video

    Amiri Baraka oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Amiri Baraka's memories of growing up in Newark, New Jersey, attending Howard University and serving in the Air Force, where he was discharged and accused of being a communist. He recalls moving to New York, writing poetry with the Beat Poets and visiting Cuba. He also discusses his involvement in the civil rights and Black nationalist movements and the Million Man ...

    • Contributor: Baraka, Amiri
    • Date: 2005
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    Parren Mitchell oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Parren Mitchell's memories of growing up in Baltimore and protesting segregated businesses with his brother Clarence. He recalls his army service in Italy during World War II and after attending Morgan State University, becoming the first African American graduate student at the University of Maryland. He discusses his election to U.S. Congress and sponsoring legislation to support African American businesses.

    • Contributor: Mitchell, Parren J.
    • Date: 2007
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    Eyes on the prize--America's civil rights years, 1954-1965. No easy walk, 1961-1963 / Catalog Record Only

    Uses archival footage and interviews to look at three cities involved in the civil rights demonstrations: Albany, Georgia, where the police chief and Martin Luther King, Jr. each tested out the strategy of nonviolence in their own way; Birmingham, Alabama, where police dogs and fire hoses were used against demonstrating children; and the March on Washington, D.C. in 1963, where blacks and whites came ...

    • Contributor: Devinney, James A. - Crossley, Callie - Hampton, Henry - Reagon, Bernice Johnson - Ambrosino, Michael - Vecchione, Judith - Else, Jon - Fayer, Steve - Bond, Julian - Blackside, Inc - Pbs Video - Lc Collection (library of Congress) - Copyright Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1987
  • Film, Video

    Walter Fauntroy oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The interview includes Walter Fauntroy's memories of growing up in Washington, D.C. and attending Virginia Union University and Yale Divinity School. He discusses his work with Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the New Bethel Church of Washington, D.C. He also discusses planning the March on Washington, and running for delegate to Congress and mayor of Washington, D.C.

    • Contributor: Fauntroy, Walter E.
    • Date: 2009
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    Dorothy Height oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    Dorothy Height was interviewed on September 5, 1997; April 8 and 28, 1998; August 27, 2001; and November 13, 2001. The April 28, 1998 interview included Shirley Anderson. The interviews include Dorothy Height's memories of growing up in Pennsylvania and attending New York University. She discusses living in Harlem, becoming a social worker with the YWCA and meeting several leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, ...

    • Contributor: Height, Dorothy I.
    • Date: 2004
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    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee oral history, National Visionary Leadership Project / Catalog Record Only

    The Ossie Davis interview includes his memories of growing up in Georgia, attending Howard University and moving to Harlem where he joined the Rose McClendon Players theater group. He recalls his political activism in the 1930s, serving as an army nurse during World War II, and writing the play "Purlie Victorious." The Ruby Dee interview includes her memories of growing up in Harlem, her ...

    • Contributor: Davis, Ossie
    • Date: 2001