The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.59.1a, 2011.174.59.1b, 2011.174.59.1c, 2011.174.59.1d, and 2011.174.59.1e.
Mildred Pitts Walter discusses her early life in Louisiana, attending Southern University, and moving to Los Angeles in 1944. Pitts recalls meeting Earl Walter whom she married two years later, her work with Earl who headed the Los Angeles chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from 1951 to 1963, CORE pickets of housing developers in Los Angeles, and her work as a clerk in the LA school district while getting her teaching credentials. She also discusses her career writing over 20 books for children, her work with a national association of nurses to develop culturally sensitive training, marching in the Soviet Union for peace, her ideas about civil rights and human rights.
The oral history consists of fourteen digital files: 2011.174.98.1a, 2011.174.98.1b, 2011.174.98.1c, 2011.174.98.1d, 2011.174.98.1e, 2011.174.98.1f, 2011.174.98.1g, 2011.174.98.1h, 2011.174.98.1i, 2011.174.98.1j, 2011.174.98.1k, 2011.174.98.1l, 2011.174.98.1m, and 2011.174.98.1n.
The Hon. D'Army Bailey describes growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, the influence of the Crump political machine in city politics, and his involvement with the Memphis NAACP at an early age. He talks about his participation in the civil rights activism as a student at Southern University, for which he was ultimately expelled. Bailey describes his move to Clark University in Massachusetts, where he became involved in the Northern Student Movement. After discussing his time spent at Boston University Law School, Bailey talks about a series of jobs he had related to civil rights and legal services, including serving as the director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC). Bailey also describes his career in California as a Berkeley City Councilman, his recall from that post, and his subsequent move back to his hometown of Memphis, where he has served as a lawyer, judge, and founder of the National Civil Rights Museum.