At the direction of Congress, the voices and experiences from the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century are being documented in an oral history project. This effort is a collaboration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Library of Congress and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. American History TV on C-SPAN3 is televising them for the first time.
In this interview, we hear from Marilyn Hildreth, who was eight years old when she integrated an Oklahoma City lunch counter along with her mother and other members of the NAACP Youth Council. Ms. Hildreth talks about her mother's activist role in the movement, her personal bravery, and how Oklahoma City changed rather peacefully, compared to many other American cities.