William S. Leventhal Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Leventhal, William S., American, born 1946
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
University of California, Los Angeles, American, founded 1919
Summer Community Organization and Political Education, American, founded 1965
Major League Baseball, American, founded 1869
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 03:02:18
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
El Segundo, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 13, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.82.1a, 2011.174.82.1b, 2011.174.82.1c, 2011.174.82.1d, 2011.174.82.1e, 2011.174.82.1f, 2011.174.82.1g, and 2011.174.82.1h.
Willy Siegel Leventhal discusses his childhood in California, his experiences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1960s, and his involvement in the Summer Community Organization and Political Education Project (SCOPE). Leventhal describes what it was like to be a Jewish child in a mostly Catholic community and how his childhood experiences informed his later activism and identity. Baseball was especially important to him, as he witnessed the first Jewish and African American ballplayers desegregate the Major Leagues. Leventhal became active in SCOPE during his first year at UCLA, after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited campus to recruit students. Leventhal describes the SCOPE training in Atlanta, and he shares his memories of living and working in Macon and Americus, Georgia.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0082
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
American West
Associations and institutions
Baseball
Civil rights
Education
Religion
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
2011.174.82.1a-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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