Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project collection contains oral history interviews with civil rights activists conducted as part of the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009. The interviewees for this project were active in national civil rights organizations and specialized local groups, and represent a wide range of occupations. The video recordings of their recollections cover a wide variety of topics within the civil rights movement, such as the influence of the labor movement, nonviolence and self-defense, religious faith, music, and the experiences of young activists. Actions and events discussed in the interviews include the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963), the Albany Movement (1961), the Freedom Rides (1961), the Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965), the Orangeburg Massacre (1968), sit-ins, voter registration drives in the South, and the murder of fourteen year old Emmett Till in 1955.

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