C.T. Vivian Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Rev. Vivian, C. T., American, born 1924
Interviewed by
Branch, Taylor, American, born 1947
Subject of
American Baptist Theological Seminary
Freedom Riders, American, founded 1961
Mississippi State Penitentiary, American, founded 1901
Children's Crusade, American, founded 1963
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 4:06:19
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Peoria, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 29, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.6.1a, 2011.174.6.1b, 2011.174.6.1c, and 2011.174.6.1d.
C. T. Vivian recalls growing up in Macomb, Illinois, working in Peoria, Illinois, and his call to the ministry. He discusses attending the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, where he met other civil rights activists and participated in demonstrations. He remembers planning the Freedom Rides, his imprisonment at Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, and working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0006
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Children
Civil rights
Prisons
Religion
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
2011.174.6.1a-d
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