Walter Tillow Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Tillow, Walter, American, born 1940
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Harpur College, American, founded 1946
Cornell University, American, founded 1865
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, American, founded 1964
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, American, founded 1936
Communist Party of the United States of America, American, founded 1919
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 1:48:09
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Fayette County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 21, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of seven digital files: 2011.174.92.1a, 2011.174.92.1b, 2011.174.92.1c, 2011.174.92.1d, 2011.174.92.1e, 2011.174.92.1f, and 2011.174.92.1g.
Walter Tillow discusses how he joined the Civil Rights Movement as a college student and how that led him into labor and leftist movements. He describes his childhood in New York City and the leftist politics of his parents, as well as how he learned about the Movement as a college student at Harpur College and as a graduate student at Cornell University. In 1963, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and moved to Fayette County, Georgia where he worked on voter registration drives. He later worked in the SNCC communication office in Atlanta. He describes in detail the movement for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In 1965, he left the Movement to work for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) and he later worked for the Communist Party.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0092
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Labor
Political organizations
Social reform
Suffrage
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
2011.174.92.1a-g
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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