Film, Video Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina, 2013 March 21.

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Title

  • Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina, 2013 March 21.

Summary

  • Cleveland Sellers shares memories of growing up in Denmark, South Carolina, especially the influence of Voorhees College in the community. He organized a Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Denmark, and he describes the group's activities. He discusses his first impressions of Howard University, where he joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG). He shares memories of the March on Washington and the role of students in organizing it, his involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and his role in the Mississippi Freedom Project. He also describes the goals of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the tensions that developed within SNCC in the late 1960s.

Contributor Names

  • Sellers, Cleveland, 1944- interviewee.
  • Dittmer, John, 1939- interviewer.
  • Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)

Created / Published

  • 2013.

Subject Headings

  • -  Sellers, Cleveland,--1944---Interviews
  • -  Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • -  Mississippi Freedom Project
  • -  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.--Youth Council
  • -  Nonviolent Action Group (Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
  • -  Selma to Montgomery Rights March--(1965 :--Selma, Ala.)
  • -  African American civil rights workers--Interviews
  • -  Civil rights movements--Alabama
  • -  Civil rights movements--Maryland--Cambridge
  • -  Civil rights movements--Mississippi
  • -  Civil rights movements--United States

Genre

  • Filmed Interviews
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Video recordings

Notes

  • -  Recorded in Denmark, South Carolina, on March 21, 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. Cleveland Sellers was a civil rights activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was arrested after the Orangeburg Massacre in 1968. He later became a professor of African American studies at the University of South Carolina and president of Voorhees College.
  • -  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

  • 5 video files of 5 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (108 min.) : digital, sound, color.
  • 1 transcript (49 pages).

Source Collection

  • Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0081

Repository

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015669180

Access Advisory

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Credit Line

Civil Rights History Project collection (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Sellers, Cleveland, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669180/.

APA citation style:

Sellers, C., Dittmer, J. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669180/.

MLA citation style:

Sellers, Cleveland, Interviewee, John Dittmer, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Cleveland Sellers oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Denmark, South Carolina. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669180/>.