Kay Tillow Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Tillow, Kay, American
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
University of Illinois, American, founded 1867
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Service Employees International Union, American, founded 1921
Coalition of Labor Union Women, American, founded 1974
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 01:12:48
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Ghana, West Africa, Africa
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
August 14, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of five digital files: 2011.174.99.1a, 2011.174.99.1b, 2011.174.99.1c, 2011.174.99.1d, and 2011.174.99.1e.
Kay Tillow describes learning about the Civil Rights Movement as a student at the University of Illinois, where she got involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She remembers attending the trials of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers in Cairo, Illinois, and traveling to Ghana in 1962. When she returned to the United States in 1963 she participated in sit-ins in Atlanta, Georgia, and demonstrations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She discusses her work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199, a hospital workers' union, and organizing victories in Pennsylvania. Tillow also discusses her role in the Coalition of Labor Union Women and her current work on health care reform.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0099
Topic
African American
Activism
Africa
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Labor
Medicine
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Women
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
2011.174.99.1a-e
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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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