The Honorable Robert G. Clark, Jr. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Honorable Clark, Robert G. Jr., American, born 1928
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Subject of
Mississippi Legislature, American, founded 1817
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:58:24
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Pickens, Holmes County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 13, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.75.1a, 2011.174.75.1b, 2011.174.75.1c, 2011.174.75.1d, 2011.174.75.1e, 2011.174.75.1f, 2011.174.75.1g, and 2011.174.75.1h.
The Honorable Robert G. Clark, Jr., describes the early life experiences that led up to his successful campaign for political office in the Mississippi Legislature, where he became the first African American elected since Reconstruction. He discusses his childhood in Pickens, Mississippi, and he describes the family farm that he now owns, his relationship to his family, and the expectations that they had of him to receive an education. Clark discusses his career as an educator, and he describes how the Civil Rights Movement influenced him. After a failed campaign for school superintendent, he volunteered to run for state office. Clark describes his experiences in the Mississippi Legislature, focusing on how he helped to pass the Education Reform Act.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0075
Topic
African American
Activism
Agriculture
American South
Civil rights
Education
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
2011.174.75.1a-h
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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