Euvester Simpson Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Simpson, Euvester, American, born 1946
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Subject of
Hamer, Fannie Lou, American, 1917 - 1977
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Council of Federated Organizations, founded 1962
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, American, founded 1964
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:34:46
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Itta Bena, Leflore County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Racine, Wisconsin, United States, North and Central America
Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 12, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of seven digital files: 2011.174.72.1a, 2011.174.72.1b, 2011.174.72.1c, 2011.174.72.1d, 2011.174.72.1e, 2011.174.72.1f, and 2011.174.72.1g.
Euvester Simpson discusses her childhood in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and she describes her parents' decision to send her to Racine, Wisconsin, to attend high school because they were fed up with segregated public schools in Mississippi. For her last year of high school, Simpson returned to Mississippi, and she became active in the Civil Rights Movement. She describes attending a citizenship school in Charleston, South Carolina, going to mass meetings, and being arrested with a group of women, including Fannie Lou Hamer. She also discusses her involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Council of Federated Organizations, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Simpson ends the interview by discussing the legacy of the movement.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0072
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Resistance
Segregation
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Women
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
2011.174.72.1a-g
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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