In this interview, Willie Ricks describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement beginning in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He participated in the movement in several southern locations: Albany, Georgia, Lowndes County, Alabama, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Montgomery, Alabama. Ricks also describes the conflict between SCLC and SNCC and the differences between each organization.
Civil Rights activist, Willie Ricks, also known as Mukasa Dada, was a community organizer, leader, and a member of SNCC. Ricks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His parents were born in a plantation area of Alabama near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He actively planned and organized sit-ins, marches and public demonstrations throughout Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi.
Local identification number: VIS 180.025.001
MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center
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