The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.58.1a, 2011.174.58.1b, 2011.174.58.1c, 2011.174.58.1d, 2011.174.58.1e, 2011.174.58.1f, 2011.174.58.1g, 2011.174.58.1h, 2011.174.58.1i, 2011.174.58.1j, and 2011.174.58.1k.
Steven McNichols discussed his childhood in New York City, his mother's illnesses and attending the University of California, Los Angeles in 1958. He became involved in politics through the National Student Federation and National Student Association, and participated in the Freedom Rides, riding a train from Los Angeles, California, to Houston, Texas. He also discusses his work with the Delta Ministry, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the 1964 Democratic Party convention.
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.77.1a, 2011.174.77.1b, 2011.174.77.1c, 2011.174.77.1d, 2011.174.77.1e, and 2011.174.77.1f.
Ben Caldwell shares his family's history in the Southwest and his childhood experience in New Mexico. Caldwell describes his military service during the Vietnam War and how his experiences made him reflect on racial prejudices in the United States. He began studying art, and he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he has been part of a black arts movement since the 1970s. He discusses the L.A. Rebellion, a collective of black filmmakers from UCLA, as well as various art projects in which he has been involved and documentary films he has produced.