Oral History/Interviews


Freedom on the Border

Location: Kentucky    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The experiences of more than one hundred courageous crusaders for civil rights in Kentucky.
The Borning Struggle

The Borning Struggle: An Interview with Bernice Johnson Reagon

Location: Georgia    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Through the story of the growth of the Civil Rights Movement in one town—Albany, Georgia—students get an insider’s perspective on how and why people got involved in the Movement, the collaboration and tension between groups, and the impact the Movement had on the town and its people.

César Chávez on How It Began

Location: California    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Interview with César Chávez about how the National Farm Worker Association became involved with the Filipino strike against grape growers and organized a march to Sacramento, inspiring future Chicano movement activists.

What Happened to the Revolt 
of the Black Athlete? A Look Back 30 Years Later

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
An interview with Dr. Edwards about his involvement in the 1968 Olympic protest.

Preserving and Teaching Black History

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
During this powerful interview, Jenkins talks about the history of Howard University, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), pan-Africanism, liberatory education, the Association for the Study of African American Life and Culture (ASALH), Black history as American history, Stokely Carmichael, lessons from the barbershop, revolutionary nonviolence, and much more.

Marion Barry Interview by High School Students

Location: District of Columbia, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Interview with SNCC veteran Marion Barry by high school students.

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral histories from key events of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Excellent classroom resource for middle to high school.

"I Never Will Forget" Memories From Mississippi Freedom Summer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Produced by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, May 2014. Booklet with oral histories.

Bloody Selma

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: Adult
Prathia Hall's description of organizing in Selma, Alabama.

In Their Own Voice: Oral Histories Collected by the Library of Congress

Location: National, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Oral history interviews by Civil Rights Movement veterans.