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William Fowlkes interview

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Creator:Fowlkes, William, 1914-2008
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:William Fowlkes interview
Date:2006 Feb. 14

In this interview, William Fowlkes discusses his experience with racial segregation and discrimination growing up in Tennessee. He describes his employment as managing editor and reporter at the Atlanta Daily World and several other black publications. Fowlkes was employed at the Atlanta Daily World during the teacher pay equalization struggle and the lynching of four African Americans in Monroe, Georgia. He ends the interview with his assessment of current race relations in Atlanta and by addressing the need for economic development in the black community.

William Fowlkes was born in Union City, Tennessee. He graduated from high school in Dyersburg, Tennessee and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1930s after graduating from Tennessee State in Nashville, Tennessee.

Local identification number: VIS 180.011.001

Subjects:Fowlkes, William, 1914-2008 | Scott, C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus), 1908-2000 | Dobbs, John Wesley, 1882-1961 | Johnson, John | Scott, Alexis | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Race discrimination | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Race relations | Newspaper carriers--Georgia--Atlanta | Education | Economic & social conditions--Georgia--Atlanta | Atlanta Daily World (Firm) | Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Nashville | Butler Street YMCA (Atlanta, Ga.) | Associated Negro Press | Ebony Magazine | Jet Magazine | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | Union City (Tenn.) | Nashville (Tenn.) | Auburn Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Walton County, Monroe, 33.79484, -83.71323
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
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MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry RD, Atlanta, GA 30305

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