Luis Zapata Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Zapata, Luis, 1944 - 2015
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
San José State University, American, founded 1857
United Farm Workers of America, American, founded 1962
Mississippi Freedom Labor Union, American, founded 1965
Council of Federated Organizations, founded 1962
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Espy, Alphonso Michael "Mike", American, born 1953
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:02:01
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Orange County, California, United States, North and Central America
San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, United States, North and Central America
Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 27, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.95.1a, 2011.174.95.1b, 2011.174.95.1c, 2011.174.95.1d, 2011.174.95.1e, and 2011.174.95.1f.
Luis Zapata describes his childhood in Orange County, California, and how he came to join the labor movement as a college student at San Jose State University. He discusses the organizing work he did with the United Farm Workers and how he ended up moving to Cleveland, Mississippi, for four years where he organized for the Mississippi Freedom Labor Union and helped to register voters with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Zapata also discusses his later involvement in the congressional campaign of Mike Espy as well as his participation in international movements for human rights.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0095
Topic
African American
Activism
Agriculture
American South
American West
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Humanitarianism
Labor
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
2011.174.95.1a-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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