Linda Fuller Degelmann Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Fuller Degelmann, Linda, American
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
Koinonia Farm, American, founded 1942
Fuller, Millard Dean, American, 1935 - 2009
Habitat for Humanity, American, founded 1976
Freedom Riders, American, founded 1961
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:07:51
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date
May 28, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.89.1a, 2011.174.89.1b, 2011.174.89.1c, 2011.174.89.1d, 2011.174.89.1e, and 2011.174.89.1f.
Linda Fuller Degelmann discusses her experiences at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. She and her former husband, Millard Fuller were inspired to start Habitat for Humanity. She describes her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, and her memories of racial segregation from childhood through young adulthood when she became aware of the Freedom Rides and the Civil Rights Movement. She and Millard decided to move to Koinonia Farm in 1968, where they worked on cooperative industries, helped to establish a child development center, and built homes, which provided the seeds for Habitat for Humanity. She goes on to describe the growth of Habitat for Humanity in the United States and internationally, and she explains the religious principles of the organization as well as linking it to the Civil Rights Movement.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0089
Topic
African American
Activism
Agriculture
American South
Associations and institutions
Children
Civil rights
Humanitarianism
Labor
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
2011.174.89.1a-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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