The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.42.1a, 2011.174.42.1b, 2011.174.42.1c, 2011.174.42.1d, 2011.174.42.1e, 2011.174.42.1f, 2011.174.42.1g, 2011.174.42.1h, 2011.174.42.1i, and 2011.174.42.1j.
Phil Hutchings recalls growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, his parents' involvement in many civic organizations, and attending Howard University. He remembers joining the Nonviolent Action Group (a precursor to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), protesting at the White Rice Inn in Maryland, and working with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. He discusses moving to Newark, New Jersey, to work for SNCC, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and the Newark Community Union Project. He also recalls organizing District of Columbia residents for the March on Washington and witnessing the Newark riots in 1967.