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Everybody Can Serve  —  Martin Luther King

Author/IntervieweeTitle/Description (Locale/Subject)
Many veteransLighter Moments
Multiple veteransMemories of the First Greensboro Sit-Ins (NC)
Multiple veteransSworn Affadavits re Violence & Police Brutality in Mississippi
Black StudentsTalk About Their Experiences in Desegregated Schools
UnidentifiedMama, I Got to Do It, I Got To (MS)
Frankye Adams-Johnson Interview — Daughter of a Sharecropper (MS)
Sandra Adickes History Lessons in Hattiesburg (MS)
George Albertz Tells His Experiences as a Freedom Summer volunteer (MS)
Barbara Barnes Allen Oral History/Interview (St. Augustine, FL)
Chude Allen Post Freedom Summer interview (1965)
 My Mother and Father Believe Ours Is a Good Country
 Would You Marry One? (MS)
 Loneliness in the Circle of Trust (MS)
 Watching the Iris Grow (MS)
 A 6th Grader Interviews His Grandmother
Rueben AndersonOral History Interview (MS)
David BailinMississippi Summer Project Diary, August 1964
Ella BakerInterview Excerpts, Emily Stoper. 1966
 Ella Baker, Anne Romaine. 1967
 Oral History/Interview John Britton. 1968 (SCLC, SNCC, SCEF)
 Interview With Ella Jo Baker, Clay Carson. 1972
 Interview, Eugene Walker. 1974, (100 pages, mostly about SCLC):
     Web version, PDF version
 Oral-History Interview, Sue Thrasher. 1977
Marion BarryInterview, by Clay Carson. 1972
Daisy BatesOral History/Interview (Little Rock, AR)
Randy BattleThe Great Pool Jump... (Albany, GA)
 Grocers and Groceries; Charlie Ware; and 'Gator Johnson (GA)
 Driving for Attorney C.B. King (GA)
 Memories of Stokely Carmichael (GA)
 An Education; A Memory of Stokely (GA)
 A Dispute over a Bull (GA)
Hunter BearOral History (MS & NC)
(John Salter)A Magnolia Tale (MS)
 Black-Belt Thunder (NC & SCEF)
 Bertie County, NC: Taking the 1700s into the 20th Century
"Arkansas" Benston Freedom To Freedom (AL)
James Bevel Interview for Eyes on the Prize (Birmingham & Selma)
Stephen Bingham Different Types of Unsung Heroes (MS)
Unita BlackwellFix It for Free (About Muriel Tillinghast in MS)
 Interview for Eyes on the Prize
Ed Blakenheim Interview (Freedom Rider)
Rev. Willie BlueOral History Interview (MS)
Julian BondInterview Excerpts (SNCC)
 Oral History
Charles Bonner Oral History/Interview (Selma, AL)
 The First Sit-in & Birth of the Selma Movement
Heather Tobis BoothInterview
 Memories From Shaw, Especially of the Hawkins Family
Harry BowieOral History Interview (MS)
Harry BoyteMy story of the KKK, Martin Luther King, and Populist Politics (FL)
Ron Bridgeforth Starkville & Oktibbeha County Mississippi
Ellen Broms"High Yellow" (Freedom Rides)
Joan Browning Religion and Joining SNCC
Peter Buck Transcript of 1965 Journal (SCOPE, AL)
Larry Butler Diary of an Alabama SCOPE Volunteer (AL)
Cathy CadeMy Family, the Movement, and Me (Albany, GA)
 My First Demonstration, Atlanta, 1962
Gordon Carey Interview: CORE, the Sit-ins and Freedom Rides
Rev. Joe CarterInterview re Registering to vote in Louisiana
Raphael Cassimere Interview (New Orleans, LA)
Septima ClarkDismissal (NAACP, SC)
 Oral History Interview: Part 1, 1976. (NAACP, SCLC)
 Oral History Interview: Part 2 1976. (SCLC, King)
Courtland CoxA Perspective on the Marion Barry Administration (Washington DC)
Charlie Cobb Oral History (SNCC)
 Black Politics and the Establishment: (Interview)
 Interview, re post-SNCC activities. 2015
Rev. Clint CollierOral History Interview (MS)
George Conway A Matter of Honor (St. Augustine, FL)
Fatima Cortez-ToddHonoring Our Ancestors, Honoring Ourselves
Macarthur CottonOral History Interview (MS)
Courtland Cox Interview for Eyes on the Prize (SNCC)
Pat Cusick Oral History (Chapel Hill, NC)
George Davis Interview (AL)
David "Dave" Dennis Interview for Eyes on the Prize (MS)
Annie DevineOral history, 1966. (Canton, MS. CORE & MFDP)
Ivanhoe Donaldson Interview for Eyes on the Prize (SNCC, MS & AL)
 Oral History, (Interview by Anne Romaine). 1966.
Dr. L.C. DorseyOral History Interview (MS)
William Douthard I'll Never Forget Alabama Law (Gadsden, AL)
David Dukes I Have Never Lived in America (Madison Co. FL)
Karen Duncanwood Remembrances of Mississippi Summer 1964
Arlene Dunn My Arkansas Journey (SNCC)
Lolis ElieComments re Race, Race Consciousness & Black Muslims
Dwain Epps SFTS Students & Black Voting Rights in Wilcox Co. AL
Myrlie EversEyes on the Prize Interview (NAACP MS)
Gail Falk Remembering Freedom Summer (MS)
James Farmer Interview for Eyes on the Prize (CORE & Freedom Rides)
Kathryn Fentress A Journey of the Spirit (St. Augustine, FL)
Ralph David Fertig The Making of a Freedom Rider (Chicago & Selma)
Frank FiggersOral History Interview (MS)
Bettie Mae Fikes   Oral History/Interview (Selma, AL)
Jim FormanSome Random Notes From the Leflore County Jail, 1963
 A Band of Brothers, A Circle of Trust (SNCC, Atlanta), 1964
 SNCC, Voter Registration & the Consequences (SNCC), 1988
[Freedom Summer] Remembrances of Freedom Summer 1964 (MS)
Jo Freeman Viewing Rosa Parks
Hardy FryeNarrative (SNCC, MS & AL)
 Everyone Was a Leader (MS)
 The People Were Great (MS)
Bobby Fuse Oral History Interview (Americus, GA)
Betty Garman Interview (SNCC)
Jimmy Garrett Lessons (MS)
Joanne Gavin The Moon in Alabama is Big and Yellow (AL)
Maria GitinStory From Wilcox County, Alabama (AL)
 Sim Pettway, Student Civil Rights Leader, 1965 (AL)
Miriam GlickmanOral History (Albany & MS)
 Our Mississippi Dilemma (MS)
 Vietnam War Protest, 1965 (DC)
 Interview Excerpts (SNCC)
Lynn Goldberg Diary of a Young Civil Rights Worker (SCOPE, SC)
Heather Gray A Month of Infamy 38 Years Ago (MS)
Victoria Gray Turning Points in the Life of a Christian Activist (MS)
Stephen Green Freedom Rider Diary - 40 Years Later (Freedom Rides)
Dick Gregory Interview re Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Lynching (MS)
Ira Grupper The Fairgrounds Motel (Jackson, MS 1965)
Lawrence GuyotTestimony for MFDP Congressional Challenge (MS)
 Oral history, (Interview by Anne Romaine) 1966
 Interview (MS)
 Interview for Eyes on the Prize (MS)
Linda Halpern The Shooting of Silas McGhee (Greenwood, MS)
Fannie Lou HamerInterview: Life in Mississippi (MFDP, MS)
 Interview: Winona, Mississippi, 1963 (MS)
 Testimony at Democratic Convention (MS)
 Oral History, (Interview by the Romaines). 1966 (MS)
Robert Hargreaves Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 (MS)
John P. Harper At the Center of a Storm: My Involvement in the CRM (DC, MD)
Don Harris Oral History (SNCC, SW Georgia)
Bruce HartfordOral History (CORE & SCLC, AL & MS)
 Albert Turner & the Rocking Chair (AL)
 Interview: Alabama & Mississippi
 Radical Democracy Interview
David Hartsough Nonviolent Sit-In, Arlington VA, 1960 (VA)
Casey Hayden Roots of Feminism in the Redemptive Community (SNCC)
Marion Helland Freedom School, Voter Registration, Marches (AL, MS)
Aaron Henry Interview (MS)
Margaret Herring   Narrative (Lauren McSurely)
John Herz My Two Weeks as a Civil Rights Lawyer in Mississippi, July 1964
Yvonne Hilton Responses to Interview Questions ... (Baltimore & Black Power)
Faith Holsaert Interview (Cambridge MD & Southwest GA)
Len Holt Eyewitness: The Police Terror at Bimlingham (AL)
Stu House"Inciting to Riot" in Selma (AL)
 Selma, Lord, Selma — Young Heroes: Sheyann and Rachel (Selma AL)
Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. It was never about a hot dog and a Coke!  (FL)
Gwendolyn Iles-Foster Interview (Atlanta, GA)
John Jackson Remembrance of Lowndes County, Alabama (AL)
Don JelinekOral History (SNCC, AL & MS)
 The Two Cows (MS)
Clarence L. Johnson Reflections on Growing Up in Greenwood ... (MS)
June Johnson Growing Up in Mississippi (MS)
  The Person Who Influenced Me Most (re Bob Moses)
C.J. JonesOral History Interview (AL, MS)
Marsha Rose Joyner Interview: Baltimore MD
James Kates June & August, 1964 (MS)
Abdul Aziz Khaalis Journey To Prison (Freedom Rides)
Lanny KauferUCSB SCOPE Project 1965 (Sussex County, VA)
 SCOPE Project Success Story (VA)
Peter Kellman Freedom Movement Memories (AL)
Rev. Ed KingOral History, 1966 (MS)
Lonnie King Jr.Oral History (GA) 64-page transcript
 Atlanta Student Movement Timeline
 Remembering the Atlanta Student Movement of 1960
Lula Belle Williams KingSelma student activist, 1963-65 (AL)
Martin Luther King Interview, Playboy Magazine
Mary King SNCC: Born of the Sit-Ins, Dedicated to Action
Adam KlineGreenwood, Mississippi (MS)
Marion Kwan Oral History Interview (MS)
 Daily Log, Hattiesburg MS. Summer 1966
Sherie LabedisFireball in the Night (SC)
 Journal Excerpts, SCLC/SCOPE, 1965 (SC)
 Rebecca Crawford: A Line in the Sand (SC)
Joyce LadnerThe March on Washington
 Remembrance of Women in the Freedom Movement
Bernard Lafayette Remembrance of Selma Alabama — 1963
Candida LallWouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now (Freedom Rides)
 Killing Sisyphus (Freedom Rides)
Roslyn Garfield Lang A Baltimore Girl Sits-In
Rev. James Lawson Interview for Eyes on the Prize (Nashville & Nonviolence)
Charles Leck Riding on the Spirit of New Orleans (MS)
Sandy LeighOral history, 1966. (Hattiesburg, MS. SNCC, COFO, MFDP)
Eric Lerner Selma Interview (AL)
Mark Levy I'm Still Arguing With My Mother (MS. Freedom Summer)
John LewisOral History/Interview, 1967
 Interview/Oral-History, 1973
Rufus Lewis Interview: Montgomery Bus Boycott (AL)
Peter de LissovoyAlbany GA in 1963 (Southwest GA)
 "Outside Agitator" and Other Terms of the Times (GA)
 A Confrontation (GA)
 Remembering C. B. King's Campaign for Congress (GA)
 Hunger Strike, Albany, GA, 1963
Marilyn LoewenOral History Interview (MS)
John Logsdon Columbia's CORE (MO) 1963
Al LowensteinOral History, (Interview by Anne Romaine). 1967 (MS)
 Interview by Clay Carson, 1977
Larry Mamiya SNCC, SIM, and the Southwest Georgia Project (GA)
William M. Mandel Execution in Virginia, 1951
Bob MantsDon't Stick Your Nose in Other Folks Business (GA & AL)
[March on Washington] Memories of the March on Washington (DC)
Betita MartinezLiz is Betita: A SNCC Memory
Gwendolyn MatthewsOral History (School integrator, NC)
McCain & KhazanInterview re Greensboro Sit-In (NC)
Mrs.Classie McCulloughHow I Learned About Freedom to Vote (MS)
Chuck McDewRemembrances of SNCC
Joe McDomickRegistering to Vote in Louisiana
John McFerrenTestimony: The Fight for the Vote Fayette County, 1960 (TN)
Floyd McKissickInterview, 1973 (NC)
 Interview, re Desegregating UNC, 1989(NC)
Charles McLaurinInterview About Freedom Summer (MS)
 To Overcome Fear, re Sunflower County MS 1962 (undated possibly 1967)
Sheila MichaelsOral History/Interview, 1999
 How I Became An Oral Historian
 Pat Smith and Frank Nelson Wed (CORE)
 Them There Eyes (MS)
Mike MillerInterview (SNCC, Alinsky)
 The Agitator (MS)
Jack Minnis Selected Entries From the Diary of Jack Minnis, SNCC
Amzie Moore Farewell to the N-Double-A (MS & SNCC)
  Interview for Eyes on the Prize (MS)
Marcia Moore Freedom Summer, My Parents, and Me
Mary Moore Interview (Birmingham)
Richard MorrisroeHope, Action, Change: 50 Years of Memories (AL)
Bob MosesOral history, interviewed by Anne Romaine, 1966
 Interview by Clayborne Carson, 1982
 Interview by John Dittmer, 1983
 Interview for Eyes on the Prize, 1986
Bernice Savage MutukuSelma student activist, 1963-65 (AL)
Diane NashInterview for Eyes on the Prize
 The Beloved Community & Philosophy of Nonviolence
Peter NemenyiOral History
Martin NicolausMississippi Winter 1964-65 (Jackson & Issaquena Co.)
E.D. NixonInterview for Eyes on the Prize (Montgomery Bus Boycott)
Silas NormanRemembrance of SNCC, Selma, and Alabama
Frances O'Brien (Fran) Faith and Activism (MS)
Gregory Orr Return to Hayneville (MS & AL)
Gwen Patton Insurgent Memories (Tuskegee, AL)
Delores Miller Parks In Her Own Words (St. Augustine, FL ~ ACCORD)
Rosa ParksInterview for Eyes on the Prize (Montgomery)
 Inteview by Don Jelinek (Montgomery)
Wazir PeacockOral History (SNCC, MS & AL)
 Interview About Freedom Summer
 Fighting for Freedom in the Mississippi Delta
 Stand for Freedom... 1:23 minute YouTube video
Jim PeckEyes on the Prize Interview (Freedom Rides)
John PerdewEvents in Dawson and Americus, Georgia
 Americus, GA: Sheriff Fred Chapell and "Slappy"
Charles Person Interview (GA & Freedom Rides)
Jane (J.J.) PhillipsNight Train to Raleigh: Summer 1962 (NC)
Pike County ALJournal, SCOPE Project, summer 1965
General Larry PlattMy Story (Atlanta, GA)
Annell Ponder, SCLCCitizenship Education in the "Heart of the Iceberg (MS) 1963
Joseph RauhInterview by Anne Romaine re MFDP Convention Challenge of 1964 (MS)
Mimi Feingold RealInterview (Freedom Rides, LA)
Rev. Fredrick ReeseInterview for Eyes on the Prize (Selma, AL)
Shirley Green-ReeseHidden Behind Bars — 52 Year Ago (GA)
Alan ReichIn the New York SNCC Office
James (Jimmy) ReynoldsSelma student activist (AL)
Judy RichardsonOral History (SNCC, MD, GA, MS)
Ron RidenourFreedom Summer Orientation (MS)
 On the Road to Freedom (MS)
 Personal Diary, Moss Point Mississippi
Dennis RobertsJournal: Southwest Georgia, Summer 1963
 Stories of Southwest Georgia & C.B. King (multiple stories)
 Stories of SNCC Members & the Military Draft (multiple stories)
Wally Roberts Sheriff Capps & the Shaw Freedom School (MS)
James RobinsonOral-histories, 10 sessions (CORE/FOR)
Jo Ann Robinson Interview for Eyes on the Prize (Montgomery AL)
Priscilla Robinson My Story (VA & AL)
Jimmy RogersOral History (SNCC, AL)
 An Experience with Violence in Lowndes County, Alabama
Avon Rollins Sr.August 28, 1963 — the March on Washington
Larry RubinA Walk in Holly Springs: 1964 (MS)
 ... But South I Went (Jewish Currents, 2014)
James W. Russell Remembering the Tulsa Sit-ins (OK)
Ruby Nell Sales Oral History (SNCC, AL)
Mendy SamsteinOral history, (Interview by Anne Romaine) 1966 or 1967
Mark Satin The Three Committees (MS)
Danny Schechter Remembering the March on Washington in 1963
Jeffrey H. Schwartz CORE's Freedom Summer — My Experiences in Louisiana
Cleveland Sellers The Context of Black Power
[SCOPE Project] Remembrances of SCOPE Project, 1965-66
Terry Shaw Interview With Terry Shaw (Selma AL) 1963
Charles Sherrod Interview for Eyes on the Prize (Albany GA)
Rick SheviakovIf I Ever Write Down the Story of My Life... (Freedom Rides)
 Byron's Contraband (Freedom Rides)
Rev. Fred ShuttlesworthEyes on the Prize Interview (Birmingham)
Carol Ruth Silver Ever Wonder Who Empties Your Trash, & Where it Goes?
Michael SimmonsDisturbing the Peace
 Arkansas Roots and Consciousness
Charles Sims Armed Defense (Bogalusa, LA) 1965
Jean Wheeler Smith SNCC Women (SNCC)
Sam SmithSNCC in DC (Washington)
Scott B. SmithPeep-a-Boo — In the Graveyard (AL)
Jonathan Steele Summer of Hate (MS)
Jane Stembridge Interview (SNCC)
Ed Stern The Lawyers Who Went to Mississippi Will Never be the Same
Nancy Stoller Arkansas 1965
  Bowling in Prince Georges County, Maryland
Matt ("Flukey") Suarez Oral History (CORE, LA & MS)
Peter Sussman The March: A Veiw From the Crowd (DC MoW)
John Suter Short Piece on Freedom Songs (MS)
Roberta TateSelma student activist (AL)
Ralph Temple St. Augustine, 1964 (FL ~ ACCORD)
Walter TillowOral History (Interview by Anne Romaine) 1966 (TN, MS)
Peter Titelman ... Define Self Through Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
Roy Torkington Itta Bena and Elsewhere (MS)
Brenda Travis Oral History, McComb MS and Elsewhere
 Oral History Interview (MS)
Jimmy TravisOral History Interview (MS)
Karen Trusty Going Crazy (Atlanta GA)
Albert Turner Interview for Eyes on the Prize (AL)
Rick Tuttle The Brutal Winona, Mississippi Jail Beatings
Ann Valliant One Conversation, One Heart at a Time (AR, AL)
Rev. C.T. VivianInterview for Eyes on the Prize (Nashville & Selma)
Johnnie Walker I am Johnnie Mae Walker (Hattiesburg, MS)
Rita Walker Meeting the Freedom Workers (COFO, MS)
 Life in Mississippi: Negro Motherhood
Rev. Wyatt T. WalkerInterview for Eyes on the Prize (Albany, Birmingham)
Hollis Watkins In the Middle of the Iceberg (MS)
 Interview for Eyes on the Prize (MS)
Jimmy WebbI'll Be An Activist Until I Die (Selma)
Bob WeilA Faulkner Tale (MS)
Mark WeissInterview (MS)
Annette Jones White Freedom Movement Narrative (Albany, GA)
 Charles Sherrod — The Gentle Giant (Albany, GA)
 Blue and Me in C.M.E. (Albany, GA)
George White Birmingham 1963 (AL)
Hattie & James White Interview (St. Augustine, FL)  
Grenville B. Whitman Mississippi Summer 1964
Jean Wiley Oral History (SNCC, AL)
Annie Laura WilliamsSelma student activist (AL)
Mabel Williams Oral History (Monroe, NC)
Robert Williams Interview for Eyes on the Prize (Monroe, NC)
Bright WinnMrs. Magruder (MS)
 Mississippi Revisited
Michael F. WrightA Legacy of Resistance (oral-history) (AL)
Bob ZellnerA White Southerner Joins the Struggle
 The March on Washington

See also:

History & Timeline: 1951-1968 — Descriptions of Movement events.
Our Words — Articles & speeches by Movement veterans written at the time.
Letters & Reports From the Field — By Movement veterans.
Documents — Movement publications, reports, organizing, strategy, etc.
Photo Album — Movement photos, posters, etc.
Our Thoughts — Retrospectives and later analysis by Movement veterans.
Our Thoughts — Analyses and commentaries by Movement veterans.
Discussions — Transcripts of group discussions by veterans.

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