Your Thoughts — 2009

We are in the development phase of a documentary highlight Congressman John Lewis's acceptance of an apology given by former Klansman, Elwin Wilson. We would like to interview anyone connected with the civil rights movement and some of the protests in the Charlotte, NC area during the early 1960's. We are also interested in hearing the stories of anyone with specific stories to tell of the days of segregation in North and South Carolina, or anyone who was part of the Freedom Riders.

We are grateful to you for all you've done. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please contact me at

With great appreciation,
Suzanne Minarcine, Newnan, GA. 12/4/2009


I am hereby inviting any veterans of the Movement, from all organizations and of all political persuasions and convictions, to give thoughts, impressions, and memories of Stokely Carmichael in research for a political biography being written by Peniel Joseph, a historian and professor at Tufts University. Professor Joseph is the author of Waiting 'Till the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and the forthcoming (Jan 2010) Dark Days Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.

We are interested in ANY and ALL impressions, memories and opinions about this important historical figure and political actor. The biography will be the first of a two-volume work, which will pause at 1969 when Stokely emigrated to Guinea. If you have any interest and would like to help in this important historical project, please let us know so we can send you a questionnaire.

In Struggle,
Ian Greaves

Ian Greaves, Boston, MA. December 3, 2009

I`m a young pupil from germany. I always have been intresting for history. I have to keep a lecture about civil rights movements and I found your page and I want to say you that it`s a very good page with many informations and a bit more personality, but in a good way.

Greetings from Germany

Tanja, Germany, 01.12.2009

Greetings Elders,

First and foremost let me start by saying that I love and respect all of the sacrifices that you have made for us to be here! I was born a freedom fighter and I hope that the work me and my friends are doing one day make you proud.

My name is CJ and I am a single father organizing/training in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the country.

I need your support, I am looking for an affordable vehicle to get me and my son from A to B in Atlanta, Georgia. Any suggestions or donations would be appreciated

Who better to ask than my grandfathers/mothers uncles and aunts.

If so please email at

CJ, Lawrenceville, GA, Oct 9, 2009

September 30, 2009

Hello everybody,

My name is Greta Koehler. I am a graduate student of American Studies at the University in Leipzig, Germany, and I am currently working on the thesis for my master s degree. I am now looking for interview partners that are willing to answer a few questions over the phone and I hope that you can maybe help me.

The topic of my thesis is "The African-American debate on Barack Obama" and for this reason I am looking for African-Americans of all ages, genders, geographical locations etc. Each interview would probably last about 30 minutes, depending on the length of the answers, and would be conducted, as mentioned above, over the phone since I unfortunately do not have the financial ressources to fly over and conduct them in person.

Interviews will be handled anonymous, which means that I will not mention any names or other information that could be connected specifically to any one person.

Also important is that I am not specifically looking for Obama supporters. I am not looking for people that voted for him. What I am interested in is exactly what my topic says, a debate. I want to know what African-Americans think about Barack Obama, positive, negative... I am interested in subjective views and opinions. There are no right or wrong answers.

Since the interviews are the essential part of my thesis, I would appreciate any support from you very much.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Please get in touch.

Best regards,

Greta Koehler
63, Boulevard Saint-Georges
1205 Genve, Suisse

I'm fascinated by the information one can glean from the Freedom Movement from the Civil Rights Movement Veteran's web sites and the Brown-Tougaloo University, Freedom Now! web sites. I was born in Mississippi and grew up in Alabama during this era. It was such a surreal existence in comparison to all that I have come to know since then.

I have always been awed and very thankful for the tremendous courage exhibited by the Freedom Riders and Freedom Marchers. It seems a shame that these pioneers and the places where they made a stand in Mississippi and in other Southern states are not being memorialized like the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama. Today when I return home I know that we walk in the footsteps of giants like Hamer, Evers, Meredith, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner to name but a few. I was amazed to discover on a recent visit that the 1966 Memphis to Jackson March Against Fear has not even been marked likewise.

Mississippi in particular seems to have come a long way, but it still has a lot of work to do. I wonder, is anything like that being contemplated at this time? Please write your congressman and meet with Mississippi officials to get moving on commemorating this part of our shared history soon.

Eugene Fleming, (, Richmond, CA. September 01, 2009

I wish to contact anyone who was associated with or has information about the Deacons for Defense and their activities during the 1960s civil rights marches. A few veterans from the civil rights movement are joining forces to put together a presentation/seminar concerning the Deacons for Defense and particularly their participation in the March Against Fear in Mississippi during 1966. Please contact me at if you have any information.

 —  b'dette Williams, Cleveland Heights, OH , 04-01-09

i love this web site because it has alot of detail. the pictures are amazing they are very detailed and have alot of veriety. this web site really helped with my english project and it helped me get all the information to get an A i am so thankful. thank you

 —  Korina Cochran, Long Beach Calfiornia, March 24, 2009

What a marvelous, poetic, and courageous website, so reflective of those same aspirations lived out in the Freedom Movement. Bless you for building the site.

 —  Jim P., Washington, D.C., 03/15/2009

Fantastic website. Looking at the portraits and mugshots of many of the civil rights activists was like looking through a catalogue of heroes.

 —  Daniel Sawyer, Southern California, January - 23 - 2009

Notice the date — Obama is going to be inaugurated today and I have my VCR set up to record it. I voted for him because he is the best man for the job. Everything that is happening today is because of the bravery of all the people honored on your website. What a far cry today is from the days of the Civil Rights movement! I was in the Air Force stationed at Little Rock AFB when the paratroopers used our base as a staging area for their task of integrating the high school in Little Rock. Looking at your pictures of those young people being abused by white people makes me ashamed to be white. It's hard to believe that there were (and still are) such hateful people in our country. God bless every single man, woman and child that participated in the Civil Rights movement.

 —  Larry D., Marietta GA, 01-20-2009

My thoughts are that we are not quite there, to the finish line of obtaining all of our freedom, but we have plucked along in a more positive progressive manner. The United States of America must face the reality of taken a whole race of people from their country (Africa) to help build up a comfortable country for Europeans and other foreigners, who would do anything to come to North America. We must be given our 40 acres and a mule, first and formost, meaning we should be the home owners, the educated, and reap the luxuries our blood and sweat paid the bill for, and not those who come over after the fact to benefit from the luxuries the North American slaves, and the civil rights movers and shakers had their blood spilled for generations after generations. This country must face it negative, destructive history, along with its positive constructive history. And that's for real, then we can come together as true brothers and sisters and one America.

 —  Sheila M. Gaddy, Albany, New York, 01-18-2009

the are brve and a bad lost to meany people that died

 —  marygracePhillips, Westvirgina, 1-5-2009