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Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Ph.D. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Thelwell, Ekwueme Michael Ph.D., Jamaican, born 1939
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
Howard University, American, founded 1867
Howard University Nonviolent Action Group, American, founded 1960s
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, American, founded 1964
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 04:15:05
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Pelham, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
August 23, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of twenty-four digital files: 2011.174.104.1a, 2011.174.104.1b, 2011.174.104.1c, 2011.174.104.1d, 2011.174.104.1e, 2011.174.104.1f, 2011.174.104.1g, 2011.174.104.1h, 2011.174.104.1i, 2011.174.104.1j, 2011.174.104.1k, 2011.174.104.1l, 2011.174.104.1m, 2011.174.104.1n, 2011.174.104.1o, 2011.174.104.1p, 2011.174.104.1q, 2011.174.104.1r, 2011.174.104.1s, 2011.174.104.1t, 2011.174.104.1u, 2011.174.104.1v, 2011.174.104.1w, and 2011.174.104.1x.
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Ph.D. remembers his time as a student activist at Howard University and his experiences with the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Working primarily out of Washington, D.C., Thelwell marched in and organized demonstrations and made major contributions to SNCC and MFDP strategy around voter registration and the MFDP's 1965 effort to challenge the seating of the Mississippi congressional delegation. He details the developing MFDP strategy, his attempts to navigate Washington politics, and his relationships with various figures involved in the effort.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0104
Topic
African American
Activism
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.104.1a-x
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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