Film, Video H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, 2013 March 16.

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Title
H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, 2013 March 16.
Summary
Dr. Jack Geiger discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Commission for Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.
Contributor Names
Geiger, Jack, 1925- interviewee.
Dittmer, John, 1939- interviewer.
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
2013.
Subject Headings
-  Geiger, Jack,--1925---Interviews
-  American Veterans Committee
-  Congress of Racial Equality
-  Medical Committee for Human Rights (U.S.)
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Civil rights workers--United States--Interviews
-  Discrimination in medical care--Southern States
-  Physicians--Interviews
-  Veterans--United States--Interviews
Genre
Filmed Interviews
Interviews
Oral histories
Video recordings
Notes
-  Recorded in New York, New York, on March 16, 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.).
-  Dr. Jack Geiger became active in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He helped black medical students obtain admission to the University of Chicago. He also established the first Office of Economic Opportunity health centers in Mound Bayou and Boston.
-  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.
-  In English.
-  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
Medium
1 transcript (73 pages).
10 video files of 10 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (212 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0076
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
Library of Congress Control Number
2015669175
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
Language
English
Online Format
image
online text
video
Description
Dr. Jack Geiger discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Commission for Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.
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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:

Geiger, Jack, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669175/.

APA citation style:

Geiger, J., Dittmer, J. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669175/.

MLA citation style:

Geiger, Jack, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669175/>.