The Museum and the Library of Congress have produced an invaluable look at the Civil Rights Movement through the Civil Rights History Project.
Over the course of five years, the personal histories and testimonials of unsung activists of the 1950s and 1960s, were captured, and now, this unique collection of stories is available to all.
The Civil Rights History Project (CRHP) provides faces and voices to many of the previously unknown individuals who made valuable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. These members of The Freedom Movement were committed to eliminating racial segregation and inequality in the United States, sometimes at a great cost to themselves, their families, and their community. By organizing voter registration drives, providing, housing, food, and money among many other duties, they worked to transform America and make it a better place. These interviews bear witness to those efforts.
Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker
Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, III
William M. Lawrence
Bernice Cosey Pulley
Theresa A. Walker
In May, 2009 the U. S. Congress enacted and President Barack H. Obama signed the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (CRHP), Public Law 111-19. The legislation authorized the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress to collaborate to preserve the eyewitness accounts of grassroots participants and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. The legislation was sponsored by:
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Representative Sanford D. Bishop (GA)
Representative William Lacy Clay (MO)
Representative John Lewis (GA)
Representative Mike Quigley (IL)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
Senator Robert F. Bennett (UT)
Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
Senator Edward Kennedy (MA)
Senator Carl Levin (MI)
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
A CRHP Advisory Committee was organized to guide the selection of interviewees. The Committee was composed of acclaimed Civil Rights scholars and activists:
Thomas C. Battle
Tracy E. K‘Meyer
Clement A. Price
Bernice Johnson Reagon
The Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recorded and managed the logistical arrangements of the majority of the interviews under the guidance of Seth Kotch. The interviewers included:
David P. Cline
Willie J. Griffin
Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Kieran Walsh Taylor
UNC-Southern Oral History Program
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage staff
Charles Weber, coordinator
Future View Inc.
We encourage you to record the stories of your elders and others for your family and your community!
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