Film, Video Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, 2013-10-03.

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Title
Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, 2013-10-03.
Summary
The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Cline, David P., 1969- (Interviewer)
Blake, Harry, 1934- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Shreveport, Louisiana, October 3, 2013
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Southern Christian Leadership Conference
-  King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
-  African American civil rights workers--Louisiana--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--Louisiana--Shreveport
-  African American clergy--Louisiana--Interviews
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Louisiana -- Shreveport
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
-  Biographical History: The Reverend Harry Blake is the pastor of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served as the first field secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and as president of the Louisiana Baptist State Convention and General Secretary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
-  Acquisition Note: 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.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: 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
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
4 video files of 4 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (70 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (28 pages)
Call Number/Physical Location
afc2010039_crhp0107_Blake_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0107_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0107_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0107_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0107_mv04.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
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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Description
The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
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Chicago citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, David P Cline, and Harry Blake. Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, -10-03. Shreveport, Louisiana, October 3, 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0107/.

APA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U. S., Cline, D. P. & Blake, H. (2013) Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, -10-03. Shreveport, Louisiana, October 3. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0107/.

MLA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, David P Cline, and Harry Blake. Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, -10-03. Shreveport, Louisiana, October 3, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0107/>.