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    Gloria Grinnell Oral History Interview

    This is an oral history interview with Gloria Grinnell, who talked about participating in the 1960 lunch counter sit-in protests during her time as a student at Richmond’s Virginia Union…

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    James Oscar Jones Oral History Interview

    James Oscar Jones talked about growing up in rural Arkansas, the influence of his parents' support for civil rights, and his work as the director of the Arkansas Project for the Student…

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    Thomas Gaither Oral History Interview

    Thomas Gaither talked about attending Claflin College in South Carolina, participating in the desegregation sit-in movement, his work for the Congress of Racial Equality, and helping to…

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    Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Oral History Interview

    Joan Trumpauer Mulholland recalled participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides, attending Tougaloo Colleg,e and serving time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary with other civil rights…

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    Kay Tillow Oral History Interview

    Kay Tillow talked about her involvement with the civil rights movement, starting with her participation in the 1963 desegregation sit-ins in Atlanta, Georgia, and her later work to organize…

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    Esther Terry Oral History Interview

    Esther Terry talked about her role in planning and participating in the 1960 lunch counter sit-in protests while a student at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. This interview…

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    Courtland Cox Oral History Interview

    Courtland Cox talked about attending Howard University, his involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, participating in the 1963 March on Washington, and serving as the…

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    Audrey Hamilton and JoeAnne Ulmer Oral History Interview

    Audrey Hamilton and JoeAnne Ulmer talked about being part of the “St. Augustine Four.” In July 1963, 23 people were arrested after a sit-in at a local Woolworth’s lunch counter. Ms.…

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    Junius Williams Oral History Interview, Part 2

    Junius Williams talked about his life and career, including joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s and the fight for equal rights during the Civil…

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    Junius Williams Oral History Interview, Part 1

    Junius Williams talked about his life and career, including joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s and the fight for equal rights during the Civil…

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    Simeon Wright Oral History Interview

    Simeon Wright, author of Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till, talked about the kidnap and murder of his cousin, Emmet Till. Mr. Wright was 12 years-old when his…

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    Freeman Hrabowski Oral History Interview, Part 2

    Freeman Hrabowski spoke about his participation in the 1963 “Children’s Crusade.” President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County since 1992, he was a twelve year-old boy living in…

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    Marilyn Hildreth Oral History Interview

    Marilyn Hilderth talked about her family’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, particularly the work of her mother, who was the advisor of the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council and organized…

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    Dorothy Cotton Oral History Interview

    Dorothy Cotton talked about the early days of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, her working relationship with Dr. King and the impact of his assassination on the civil rights…

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    Dorie and Joyce Ladner Oral History Interview

    Sisters Dorie and Joyce Ladner, who knew and worked with Medgar Evers, spoke about becoming civil rights activists as young women in the early 1960s. Dorie Ladner argued that they were…

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    David and Satoko Ackerman Oral History Interview

    David and Satoko Ackerman, classmates of Jesse Jackson at the Chicago Theological Seminary in the mid-1960s, talked about their participation in a Selma, Alabama civil rights march. This…

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    Joseph Lowery Oral History Interview, Part 1

    The Reverend Joseph Lowery talked about his life and his involvement in the civil rights movement. He was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He reflected on the…

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    Freeman Hrabowski Oral History Interview, Part 1

    Freeman Hrabowski spoke about his participation in the 1963 “Children’s Crusade.” President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County since 1992, he was a twelve year-old boy living in…

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    Joseph Lowery Oral History Interview, Part 2

    The Reverend Joseph Lowery talked about his life and his involvement in the civil rights movement. He was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He reflected on the…

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