The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.21.1a, 2011.174.21.1b, 2011.174.21.1c, 2011.174.21.1d, and 2011.174.21.1e.
Charles McDew recalls growing up in Massillon, Ohio, his family's involvement in the steel mill unions and attending South Carolina State University. He remembers being arrested three times in two days for not obeying segregation laws in South Carolina, founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and registering voters in Mississippi.
The oral history consists of twelve digital files: 2011.174.50.1a, 2011.174.50.1b, 2011.174.50.1c, 2011.174.50.1d, 2011.174.50.1e, 2011.174.50.1f, 2011.174.50.1g, 2011.174.50.1h, 2011.174.50.1i, 2011.174.50.1j, and 2011.174.50.1k, 2011.174.50.1l.
Shirley Sherrod recalls growing up on a farm in Baker County, Georgia, her father's murder, and joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She remembers traveling to Washington, D. C., to protest the Justice Department, and the attacks on her husband, the Reverend Charles Sherrod, a civil rights leader in Albany, Georgia. She also discusses starting the New Communities Land Trust and working for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and other organizations to help African American farmers.