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Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi, 2013-03-11

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Creator:Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Creator:Bruce, Walter, 1928-
Creator:Dittmer, John, 1939-
Title:Walter Bruce oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in Durant, Mississippi, 2013-03-11
Date:2013 Mar. 11
Description:

Walter Bruce shares memories of his childhood in Durant, Mississippi, where his family sharecropped. As a young man he became a carpenter and also a gospel singer. He describes his early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, including his participation in Mississippi Freedom Summer. Bruce was involved in community and political organizing throughout the 1960s, from helping to start health clinics and participating in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to his involvement in sit-ins and marches. Bruce also discusses the process of choosing and running black candidates for political office in the 1960s.

Types:Oral histories (document genres) | Interviews | InteractiveResource
Subjects:Till, Emmett,1941-1955 | Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 | Civil rights movements--United States | Civil rights movements--Mississippi | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi--Interviews | Mississippi Freedom Project | Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music | School integration--Mississippi--Attala County | United States, Mississippi, Durant | United States, Mississippi, Holmes County
Collection:Civil Rights History Project
Institution:Library of Congress
Contributors:American Folklife Center
Original Material:

Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Forms part of online collection: Civil Rights History Project

Persistent Link to Item:http://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0071/