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William S. Leventhal oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in El Segundo, California, 2013-04-13

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Creator:Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Creator:Cline, David P., 1969-
Creator:Leventhal, Willy S. (Willy Siegel), 1946-
Title:William S. Leventhal oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in El Segundo, California, 2013-04-13
Date:2013 Apr. 13
Description:

Willy Siegel Leventhal discusses his childhood in California, his experiences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1960s, and his involvement in the Summer Community Organization and Political Education Project (SCOPE). Leventhal describes what it was like to be a Jewish child in a mostly Catholic community and how his childhood experiences informed his later activism and identity. Baseball was especially important to him, as he witnessed the first Jewish and African American ballplayers desegregate the Major Leagues. Leventhal became active in SCOPE during his first year at UCLA, after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited campus to recruit students. Leventhal describes the SCOPE training in Atlanta, and he shares his memories of living and working in Macon and Americus, Georgia.

Types:Oral histories (document genres) | Interviews | InteractiveResource
Subjects:Civil rights movements--United States | Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.) | Voter registration--Georgia | African Americans--Relations with Jews | Civil rights movements--Georgia | Civil rights workers--Interviews | El Segundo (Calif.) | United States, California, Los Angeles County, 34.1980015, -118.261017
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_crhp0082/