The Honorable D'Army Bailey Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Honorable Bailey, D'Army, American, 1941 - 2015
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Crump, Edward Hull "Boss", American, 1874 - 1954
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Southern University and A&M College, American, founded 1880
Clark University, American, founded 1887
Northern Student Movement, American, founded 1961
Boston University School of Law, American, founded 1872
Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, American, 1964 - 1987
National Civil Rights Museum, American, founded 1991
August 13, 2013
Duration: 03:11:00
The oral history consists of fourteen digital files: 2011.174.98.1a, 2011.174.98.1b, 2011.174.98.1c, 2011.174.98.1d, 2011.174.98.1e, 2011.174.98.1f, 2011.174.98.1g, 2011.174.98.1h, 2011.174.98.1i, 2011.174.98.1j, 2011.174.98.1k, 2011.174.98.1l, 2011.174.98.1m, and 2011.174.98.1n.
The Hon. D'Army Bailey describes growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, the influence of the Crump political machine in city politics, and his involvement with the Memphis NAACP at an early age. He talks about his participation in the civil rights activism as a student at Southern University, for which he was ultimately expelled. Bailey describes his move to Clark University in Massachusetts, where he became involved in the Northern Student Movement. After discussing his time spent at Boston University Law School, Bailey talks about a series of jobs he had related to civil rights and legal services, including serving as the director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC). Bailey also describes his career in California as a Berkeley City Councilman, his recall from that post, and his subsequent move back to his hometown of Memphis, where he has served as a lawyer, judge, and founder of the National Civil Rights Museum.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0098
Place collected
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
U.S. 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
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress