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Cecilia Suyat Marshall Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Suyat Marshall, Cecilia, American, born 1928
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Brown, Oliver L., American, 1918 - 1961
Board of Education of Topeka, American
Marshall, Thurgood, American, 1908 - 1993
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 00:30:49
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Hawaii, United States, North and Central America
New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
June 30, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.97.1a, 2011.174.97.1b, 2011.174.97.1c, 2011.174.97.1d, 2011.174.97.1e, and 2011.174.97.1f.
Cecilia Suyat Marshall recalls moving from Hawaii to New York where she found a job as a secretary with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1948. Marshall notes some of the highlights of her experiences at the NAACP offices, including the organization's victory in the Brown v. Board case, traveling the South with NAACP staff, and attending conferences. There she met the many local people who gave the Civil Rights Movement strength. She left the organization after her marriage to Justice Thurgood Marshall, and with that departure became more of a mother and wife than an activist, but retained her activist spirit with membership on the boards of progressive organizations.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0097
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Domestic life
Families
Justice
Law
Social reform
United States--History--1945-1953
United States--History--1953-1961
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
2011.174.97.1a-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