Rick Tuttle, Ph. D. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Tuttle, Rick Ph. D., American, born 1940
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Freedom Riders, American, founded 1961
Wesleyan University, American, founded 1831
University of California, Los Angeles, American, founded 1919
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Ku Klux Klan, 3rd, American, founded 1946
Chatham County Crusade for Voters, American, c. 1960
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:04:49
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 11, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.78.1a, 2011.174.78.1b, 2011.174.78.1c, 2011.174.78.1d, 2011.174.78.1e, and 2011.174.78.1f.
Rick Tuttle, Ph. D. describes his family background and when he first became aware of the sit-in movement and the Freedom Rides when he was a student at Wesleyan University. As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was recruited to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963 and went to Greenwood, Mississippi, to work on voter registration drives. He also briefly spied on white supremacist and Ku Klux Klan meetings. After being driven out of Mississippi by threats, he joined the Chatham County Crusade for Voters in Savannah, Georgia. Tuttle describes being arrested in Savannah for disturbing the peace and the subsequent trial. Tuttle discusses the work he did after leaving the Movement: as the comptroller in Los Angeles he helped to bring an end to segregation at private clubs and participated in the anti-apartheid movement.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0078
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
American West
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Resistance
Segregation
Social reform
Suffrage
United States--History--1961-1969
White supremacy movements
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
2011.174.78.1a-f
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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