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Series II: Interviews (continued)
Virginia Simms George oral history interview conducted by Emilye Crosby in Northborough, Massachusetts, 2013-08-24.
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Biographical History: Virginia Simms George was a civil rights activist in Richmond, Virginia, and later a human resource professional, teacher, counselor in Massachusetts.
Summary: Virginia Simms George remembers growing up in segregated Newport News, Virginia, attending Virginia Union University, and her desire to become a lawyer. She recalls participating in a protest at Thalhimers department store in Richmond, Virginia. She discusses her work as a teacher, counselor, and volunteering for many organizations. She also discusses the commemoration of the protests in Richmond, and her thoughts on racism and other civil rights issues today.
Moving Images
6 video files of 6 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (73 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0105_mv01-06
Manuscripts
1 transcript (43 pages)
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0105_George_transcript
Robert J. Brown oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in High Point, North Carolina, 2013-10-01.
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Biographical History: Robert J. Brown was a police officer and founder of B&C Associates, Inc., a public relations firm.
Summary: Robert Brown describes his childhood in High Point, North Carolina, the poverty and segregation that defined his childhood, and how his grandmother influenced him by telling stories about his family's history during slavery. Brown became one of the first black policemen in High Point and later transitioned to a position as a federal agent in New York. He returned to North Carolina in 1960 to start a public relations firm, B&C Associates, Inc., which advised companies about how to change policies on race and segregation. Brown also shares stories about serving as a special assistant to President Richard Nixon and his role in bringing attention to apartheid in South Africa through his relationship with Nelson Mandela and his family.
Moving Images
11 video files of 11 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (130 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0106_mv01-11
Manuscripts
1 transcript (59 pages)
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0106_Brown_transcript
Harry Blake oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Shreveport, Louisiana, 2013-10-03.
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Biographical History: The Reverend Harry Blake is the pastor of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served as the first field secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and as president of the Louisiana Baptist State Convention and General Secretary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Summary: The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
Moving Images
4 video files of 4 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (70 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0107_mv01-04
Manuscripts
1 transcript (28 pages)
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0107_Blake_transcript
Abernathy family oral history interview conducted by Hasan Kwame Jeffries in Atlanta, Georgia and Stuttgart, Germany, 2013-10-10.
Biographical History: Donzaleigh Abernathy is an actress, producer, director, and writer in Los Angeles, California.
Biographical History: Juandalynn R. Abernathy is an opera, concert, and African-American spirituals singer.
Biographical History: Ralph David Abernathy, III, is a social justice activist, and a former Georgia State Senator and member of the State House of Representatives.
Summary: Donzaleigh Abernathy, Juandalynn Abernathy, and Ralph Abernathy, III, recall their father, Ralph David Abernathy and their own experiences as children in the Civil Rights Movement. The Abernathy children spent much of their childhoods with the children of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unlike the King children, the Abernathy siblings actively participated in direct action, including the Poor People's Campaign. All three children felt palpably the fear of violence in their everyday lives. This interview offers an intimate portrait of the home of a civil rights icon and of the intense friendship between Abernathy and King.
Moving Images
29 video files of 29 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (123 min.) : digital, sound, color.
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0108_mv01-29
Manuscripts
1 transcript (65 pages)
Digital ID: afc2010039_crhp0108_Abernathy_transcript

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