Cleveland Sellers, Ed. D. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Sellers, Cleveland Ed. D., American, born 1944
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Subject of
Vorhees College, American, founded 1897
NAACP Youth Council, American, founded 1936
Howard University, American, founded 1867
Howard University Nonviolent Action Group, American, founded 1960s
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, American, founded 1963
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, American, founded 1964
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, American, founded 1964
Duration: 01:48:00
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Denmark, Bamberg County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
March 21, 2013
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.81.1a, 2011.174.81.1b, 2011.174.81.1c, 2011.174.81.1d, and 2011.174.81.1e.
Cleveland Sellers, Ed. D. shares memories of growing up in Denmark, South Carolina, especially the influence of Voorhees College in the community. He organized a Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Denmark, and he describes the group's activities. He discusses his first impressions of Howard University, where he joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG). He shares memories of the March on Washington and the role of students in organizing it, his involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and his role in the Mississippi Freedom Project. He also describes the goals of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the tensions that developed within SNCC in the late 1960s.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0081
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
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
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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