Mildred Pitts Walter Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Walter, Mildred Pitts, born 1922
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Southern University and A&M College, American, founded 1880
Walter, Earl, American, died 1965
Congress of Racial Equality, American, founded 1942
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:31:20
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
San Mateo, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Soviet Union, Europe
Date
March 1, 2013
Description
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.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0059
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
American West
Associations and institutions
Children
Civil rights
Education
Housing
Humanitarianism
International affairs
Medicine
Social reform
United States--History--1945-1953
United States--History--1953-1961
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
2011.174.59.1a-e
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