Film, Video Charles Siler oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Dallas, Texas, 2013 May 10
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- Charles Siler oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Dallas, Texas, 2013 May 10
- Charles Siler remembers his early life in Louisiana, including a penchant for drawing that began before the age of two, quitting the Boy Scouts when his troop made black Scouts walk behind the horses in a local parade, and picketing Louisiana's segregated State Library as a senior in high school. He was eventually expelled from Southern University because of his activism. He joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was drafted in 1967 and served in the military in the Vietnam War. He continued his civil rights advocacy as he took a variety of positions at cultural institutions and began a career as a cartoonist. The interview closes with Siler's reflections on identity and the process of learning from those who are ideologically different.
- Siler, Charles E., interviewee
- Cline, David P., 1969- interviewer
- Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
- - Siler, Charles E.--Interviews
- - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- - African American artists--Interviews
- - African American civil rights workers--Louisiana--Interviews
- - Civil rights movements--Louisiana
- - Civil rights movements--United States
- - Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Participation, African American
- Filmed Interviews
- Oral histories
- Video recordings
- - Recorded in Dallas, Texas, on May 10, 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.).
- - Charles Siler attended Southern University in Louisiana and became a civil rights activist. He also was a Vietnam veteran, museum curator, and cartoonist.
- - 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
- 4 video files of 4 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (102 min.) : digital, sound, color.
- 1 transcript (46 pages).
- Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0086
- 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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Chicago citation style:
Siler, Charles E., Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Charles Siler oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Dallas, Texas. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669185/.
APA citation style:
Siler, C. E., Cline, D. P. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Charles Siler oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Dallas, Texas. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669185/.
MLA citation style:
Siler, Charles E., Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Charles Siler oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Dallas, Texas. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669185/>.