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Oral history interview with Harold Fleming, January 24, 1990

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Creator:Fleming, Harold C.
Creator:Egerton, John
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Harold Fleming, January 24, 1990
Date:1990 Jan. 24

Harold Fleming worked with the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in Georgia from 1947 through the late 1950s. He recalls some of the opposition that group faced, particularly accusations of Communist connections. He links the Red Scare to a general fear of changing race relations throughout the South, which he started recognizing while commanding black troops in Japan during World War II. Journalist Ralph McGill helped Fleming get involved with the SRC, but McGill, like several others, could not get involved with the organization himself for fear of losing his job. Fleming compares how several of the SRC leaders, such as Charles Johnson and Lillian Smith, approached the work, and he commends President Harry Truman for taking an early stance against segregation.

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Interview participants: Harold Fleming, interviewee; John Egerton, interviewer.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Steve Weiss and Aaron Smithers.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Fleming, Harold C. | Civil rights--Georgia | Southern Regional Council | School integration--Georgia--Atlanta | Georgia--Race relations | African Americans--Segregation--Georgia | United States. Army--African American troops | World War, 1939-1945--African Americans | United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.7489954, -84.3879824
Collection:Oral histories of the American South (Georgia selections)
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
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