The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.8.1a, 2011.174.8.1b, 2011.174.8.1c, 2011.174.8.1d, 2011.174.8.1e, 2011.174.8.1f, 2011.174.8.1g, and 2011.174.8.1h.
Doris Derby discusses her childhood in the Bronx, joining a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth group, and attending Hunter College. She talks about going to an Episcopal church. She recalls her work in African art and dance, and traveling to Albany, Georgia, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with voter registration. She remembers teaching adult literacy in Mississippi with SNCC, starting the Free Southern Theater, and working for Head Start.