Film, Video Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi, 2013 March 13.

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Title
Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi, 2013 March 13.
Summary
Robert G. Clark, Jr., describes the early life experiences that led up to his successful campaign for political office in the Mississippi Legislature, where he became the first African American elected since Reconstruction. He discusses his childhood in Pickens, Mississippi, and he describes the family farm that he now owns, his relationship to his family, and the expectations that they had of him to receive an education. Clark discusses his career as an educator, and he describes how the Civil Rights Movement influenced him. After a failed campaign for school superintendent he volunteered to run for state office. Clark describes his experiences in the Mississippi Legislature, focusing on how he helped to pass the Education Reform Act.
Contributor Names
Clark, Robert George, 1929- interviewee.
Dittmer, John, 1939- interviewer.
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
2013.
Subject Headings
-  Clark, Robert George,--1929---Interviews
-  African American politicians--Mississippi--Interviews
-  African American teachers--Mississippi--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--Mississippi
-  Civil rights movements--United States
Genre
Filmed Interviews
Interviews
Oral histories
Video recordings
Notes
-  Recorded in Pickens, Mississippi, on March 13, 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.
-  The Honorable Robert G. Clark, Jr., is one of the many African American politicians who were elected to state legislatures following the Voting Rights Act of 1964. He was the first black representative elected to the Mississippi State House since the late 19th century, the first African American to serve as a committee chair in the Mississippi House and in 2004, the became the first African American to have a Mississippi state building named in his honor. He served as Speaker Pro Tempore from 1992 to 2003, when he retired as the longest serving representative.
-  In English.
-  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
Medium
8 video files of 8 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (118 min.) : digital, sound, color.
1 transcript (53 pages).
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0075
Repository
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
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc2010039.afc2010039_crhp0075
afc2010039text.afc2010039_crhp0075_Clark_transcript
Library of Congress Control Number
2015669174
Access Advisory
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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LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2015669174
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Civil Rights History Project collection (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Clark, Robert George, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi. 2013. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669174/.

APA citation style:

Clark, R. G., Dittmer, J. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669174/.

MLA citation style:

Clark, Robert George, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Robert G. Clark, Jr., oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Pickens, Mississippi. 2013. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669174/>.

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