The Rev. Dr. Harry Blake Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Reverend Doctor Blake, Harry, American, born 1934
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Bishop College, American, 1881 - 1988
Mount Canaan Baptist Church, American, founded 1894
Duration: 01:10:22
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
October 3, 2013
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.107.1a, 2011.174.107.1b, 2011.174.107.1c, and 2011.174.107.1d.
The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0107
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
United States--History--1933-1945
United States--History--1953-1961
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
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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