Civil Rights Movement
During the 1950s and ‘60s, African-Americans campaigned for an end to racial discrimination through a series of non-violent protests and marches. The Civil Rights Movement culminated with the passage of federal laws banning discrimination in voting, employment, housing and other sectors of American society.
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Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement from the people who lived through it.
Top Sites for an Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement
The Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement features testimony submitted by members of Civil Rights organizations such as CORE, NAACP, SCLC and SNCC, who submit stories about their experiences or write commentary on the movement and current events.
The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has more than a hundred interviews of Mississippians who were involved in the movement. Each interview is accompanied by a short biography, and some have audio files and photographs. USM’s Tougaloo College Archives has a smaller collection of interviews.
“Voices of Civil Rights” is a compilation of personal accounts submitted by “ordinary” people who participated or were influenced by the Civil Rights Movement. It is a joint project of the AARP, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Library of Congress.
The University of North Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program has 279 interviews. Most were conducted in the past decade with North Carolina natives, though it also includes older interviews with key figures, including segregationist Govs. Orval Faubus and George Wallace.