The oral history consists of twenty-nine digital files: 2011.174.108.1a, 2011.174.108.1b, 2011.174.108.1c, 2011.174.108.1d, 2011.174.108.1e, 2011.174.108.1f, 2011.174.108.1g, 2011.174.108.1h, 2011.174.108.1i, 2011.174.108.1j, 2011.174.108.1k, 2011.174.108.1l, 2011.174.108.1m, 2011.174.108.1n, 2011.174.108.1o, 2011.174.108.1p, 2011.174.108.1q, 2011.174.108.1r, 2011.174.108.1s, 2011.174.108.1t, 2011.174.108.1u, 2011.174.108.1v, 2011.174.108.1w, 2011.174.108.1x, 2011.174.108.1y, 2011.174.108.1z, 2011.174.108.1aa, 2011.174.108.1bb, and 2011.174.108.1cc.
Donzaleigh Abernathy, Juandalynn Abernathy, and Ralph Abernathy, III, recall their father, Ralph David Abernathy and their own experiences as children in the Civil Rights Movement. The Abernathy children spent much of their childhoods with the children of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unlike the King children, the Abernathy siblings actively participated in direct action, including the Poor People's Campaign. All three children felt palpably the fear of violence in their everyday lives. This interview offers an intimate portrait of the home of a civil rights icon and of the intense friendship between Abernathy and King.
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.