Film, Video Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi, 2013 March 11.
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- Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi, 2013 March 11.
- Walter Bruce shares memories of his childhood in Durant, Mississippi, where his family sharecropped. As a young man he became a carpenter and also a gospel singer. He describes his early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, including his participation in Mississippi Freedom Summer. Bruce was involved in community and political organizing throughout the 1960s, from helping to start health clinics and participating in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to his involvement in sit-ins and marches. Bruce also discusses the process of choosing and running black candidates for political office in the 1960s.
- Contributor Names
- Bruce, Walter, 1928-2014, interviewee.
- Dittmer, John, 1939- interviewer.
- Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Bruce, Walter,--1928-2014--Interviews
- - Evers, Medgar Wiley,--1925-1963
- - Till, Emmett,--1941-1955
- - Mississippi Freedom Project
- - African American civil rights workers--Mississippi--Interviews
- - Civil rights movements--Mississippi
- - Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
- - Civil rights movements--United States
- - School integration--Mississippi--Attala County
- Filmed Interviews
- Oral histories
- Video recordings
- - Recorded in Durant, Mississippi, on March 11, 2013.
- - Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- - Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
- - 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.
- - Walter Bruce was a civil rights activist in Mississippi. He also worked as a carpenter and gospel singer with the Soul Travelers.
- - In English.
- - Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
- 9 video files of 9 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (85 min.) : digital, sound, color.
- 1 transcript (50 pages).
- Source Collection
- Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0071
- Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
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- 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
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Chicago citation style:
Bruce, Walter, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi. 2013. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669170/.
APA citation style:
Bruce, W., Dittmer, J. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669170/.
MLA citation style:
Bruce, Walter, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi. 2013. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669170/>.
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