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The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights Oral History Project

Repository: Alliance of Ethics & Art, Inc.

Collection Description (Extant): Our oral history project, “The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights,” was begun in 2005, and in 2019 includes 300 video interviews and scores of audio interviews conducted by journalist, historian, and Aesthetic Realism Associate Alice Bernstein with unsung pioneers nationwide—men and women of all races who deserve our nation's acknowledgment and gratitude. Photographer David Bernstein was videographer from the start. The purpose of this project is to preserve little known history of the fight for civil rights—in the voices, words, and images of those who helped to make that history, and to meet the urgent need in America to understand the cause and answer to racism, explained by Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the great philosopher Eli Siegel.

One significant aspect of this project centers on how African Americans and Jews worked in behalf of civil rights in the little known history of how Black colleges (HBCUs) saved the lives of Jewish refugee scholars and their families attempting to flee the Nazi Holocaust in the 1930s and '40s. When US quotas had already been met, Jews could only enter if they had jobs waiting for them, and Black colleges courageously offered these jobs in the Jim Crow South—to the benefit of all. Many enduring alliances continue to this day.

Access Copy Note: Some videos are available online at the Youtube Channel:

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2005-2019

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: Approximately 300 videos

Language: English

Interviewees: Sandra Adickes, Fred Anderson, Inez Anderson, Muhammad Ansari, Judge D’Army Bailey, Stanley Baird, M. Charles A. Bakst, Pamela Lane Baldwin, Rudy Barnes, Will Barnet, Dennis Barrett, George Barrett, Jack Bass, Keith Beauchamp, Marian C. Bennett, Peter W. Bernstein, Jerome Bibuld, Charles Black, Arthur Blackman, Jeffrey Bolster, Renee Boston, Dr. T.B. Boyd III, Nathaniel Briggs, Tyrone Brooks, Captain Clarence Brown, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, James "Jim" Brown, Russell Brown, Thomas J. Brown, Margaret A. Burnham, Tom Burrell, Washington Butler Jr., David Byer-Tyre, Isaac Byrd Jr, Vivian Callender, Marvin Chambers Sr, Benjamin Chavis, Edward Henry Chavis Sr, Kenneth “Ken” Childs, Raymond Douglas Chong, Robin Clarkson, Cong. James E. Clyburn, Wesley and Missy Cochran, Dr. Robert H. Cohen, Clifford Cotton, Dr. S. Allen Counter, Stephen Lewis Cox, Dorothy Crook, Tom Crosby, Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield Sr., Cong. Elijah E. Cummings, Donald Cunnigen, Valerie Cunningham, Constance Curry, George E. Curry, Chief William “Thunder Eagle” Daisey, Jesse Davidson, Judge L. Clifford Davis, Walter Davis, Wyatt Houston Day, Richard A. Days, Captain Albert DeCruz, Captain John DeCruz, Ruby Dee, Minerva Diaz, Ernest C. Dillard Sr., Richard Dinkins, John Dittmer, David Dobosz, Vernon Dobson, Alvin Dorfman, Rabbi Israel Dresner, Frank Driggs, Lorenzo Dufau, Rev. Edwin R. "Doc" Edmonds, Jesse Epps, Rev. Elaine Eskew, Reuben Fast Horse, Judge Bernard Fielding, Dr. June Finer, Henry Foner, William H. Foster, Angelo Franceshina, Jack T. Franklin, Crystal Freeman, Geraldine Gallashaw, John Garner, Margrit Garner, James Garrity, James Gavin III, Larry Gibson, Arnold Goldwag, Pamela Green, Ricardo Grijalva, Michael Gross, Robin Hamilton, Inge & Yolande Hardison, Conrad Harper, Rev. Forrest E. Harris Sr., Jack Hasegawa, Yoshino Tajiri Hasegawa, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, Dr. James A. Hefner, Willie "Iġġiaġruk" Hensley, Michael Her Many Horses, Rev. Arthur L. Hilson, Julian Holliday, Augustus Holt, Joseph H. Holt Jr., Leamon Hood Sr., Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Frances Hooks, Jason Hughes, Mark A. Hughes, Doris Humphries, Princene Hyatt, Dr. Georg Iggers, Dr. Wilma Iggers, Earl L. Ijames, Eugenia Ijames, Bishop Fredrick Calhoun James, Kelvin Jervay, Paul Jervay Jr., Bennett Johnson, Dorothy Mae Johnson, Dr. John Mitchell Johnson, Nelson Johnson, Johnnie Jones, Johnnie Jones Sr., Mabel Katz, Pamela Kellar, Rev. Marcel Kellar, Clarke King, Lonnie King, Rioghan Kirchner, Robert Kirton, Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Theodore "Ted" Landsmark, David Lawlor, Corky Lee, John Lemon, Ed Lewinson, Celestine Parson Lloyd, James Loewen, Milton Long, Malinda Maynor-Lowery, Bob Lucas, William "Bill" Lucy, Frank and Beatrice Lumpkin, Emma Mashinini, Lois Mason, Leatrice McKissack, Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin, Joseph McNeil, Lillian McNeil, Sandra McNeill, Terrence Melvin, Rev. John Mendez, Axel Meyer, Cecile Meyer, Captain Allan Michael, Monique Michael, Carolyn Michael-Banks, Lloyd B. Miller, James E. Mills, Donald Minor, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Bruce Miroff, Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Dabney Montgomery, Mary Moultrie, Mugga-Phoenix , Henry Mulzac, Charles Myers, J. Herbert Nelson, Rev. James Netters, Anne deQuincey Newman, Zishun Ning, Rev. H. Lloyd Norris, Ruth Oron, Dr. Leo Orris, Hellen Chavis Othow, Boris Ourlicht, Cleve Overton, Cong. Major Owens, Charles Perry, Dr. Ledwald OP Perry, Judge Matthew J. Perry, Rosetta Miller Perry, Maryellen Phifer-Kurton, Rev. Eugene Pierce, Harry Poe, Eddie Ponds, H. Thomas "Tommy" Powell, Calvin Alexander Ramsey Jr., Herbert Randall, Lauren Rhodes, Enid Rocha, C. Bryant Rogers, Taylor Rogers, Dr. Juan Romagoza, Paul Romjue, Rebecca Ronstadt, Philip Rose, Morris D. Rosen, Stephen Rozman, Bill Saunders, Rev. Roger Sawtelle, James Scandrick, Fred Scheiner, Hugo Schiff, Rev. John Scott, Dave Sear, Rev. Booker T. Sears, Cleveland Sellers, Donald Shaffer, Harold Sharp, Edward Sherman, Otha L. Sherrill, Beatrice Siegel, Dr. Samuel Siegel, George Silano, Rabbi Matthew Simon, Rosie Simpson, Jimmy Slyde, James "Jim" Wilson Smith Sr., T. Anthony Spearman, Wendell Amisimak Stalker, James "Jim" Sulton, Ozell Sutton, Julia TenBrink, Samuel Tenenbaum, Rev. James Thomas, Dr. Jaime R. Torres, Jose “Chegui” Torres, Roberta Shade Tyson, Geronimo Valdez, William “Sonny" Walker, Matthew Walker Jr., Ludye Wallace, Perry Wallace, Tony Walters, Lucius Ware, Kevin Washburn, Booker Washington, Isaac Washington, Marguerita Washington, Onilaja Waters, Denton Watson, Sandy Weaver, Wesley McGinnis, Msemaji Weusi, Nandi Weusi, Dr. Jefferson Wiggins, Emmett Wigglesworth, Alma Stone Williams, Cecil Williams, Dr. Jamye C. Williams, Henry Williams, Isaac "Ike" Williams, Jefferson A. Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Dr. McDonald Williams, Sarah Ragin Williams, Clarence Willie, Jacques Wilmore, Kenneth Wingood, Margaret Wiseman, Judge Michele Woodard, James Kenneth Woodley, Addie Wyatt, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Dr. Quentin Young, Bob Zellner, Ellen Zisholtz

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African American artists
African American civic leaders
African American civil rights workers
African American clergy
African American college students
African American judges
African American labor leaders
African American lawyers
African American politicians
African American press
African American students
African American universities and colleges
African American veterans
African American women civil rights workers
Apartheid--South Africa.
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights workers
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Judaism
Congress of Racial Equality
Discrimination in education
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in medical care
Foreign workers, Chinese--West (U.S.)--History--19th century
Jewish refugees--United States--History--20th century
Jews--Civil rights
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Labor movement
Labor unions
Latinos (U.S.)
Medical Committee for Human Rights (U.S.)
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Mississippi Freedom Project
Mississippi Freedom Schools
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Native Americans
Peace movements
Race discrimination
Railroad construction workers--West (U.S.)--History--19th century.
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
School integration
Segregation in education
Sharecroppers--Southern States
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Voter registration


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