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Oral history interview with Lyman Johnson, July 12, 1990

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Creator:Johnson, Lyman T., 1906-1997
Creator:Egerton, John
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Lyman Johnson, July 12, 1990
Date:1990 July 12

Lyman Johnson's views on civil rights were formed by his father, who rejected racial hierarchies. Johnson started working to achieve racial equality in Columbia, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, after he returned from naval service following World War II. The interview begins with his description of violence that flared up in Columbia, Tennessee, after a black soldier's attack on a verbally abusive white store owner. Johnson asserts that the racial integration that should have occurred immediately after World War II was delayed as a result of apathy among white southerners, underlining the necessity of outside intervention. Though Louisville was more progressive than other southern cities, its leaders remained reluctant to endorse full equality. That reluctance made life difficult for black and white citizens alike.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Johnson, Lyman T., 1906-1997 | Tennessee--Race relations | African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky | Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations | African Americans | Columbia (Tenn.)--Race relations | Racism--Tennessee--Columbia | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Columbia | Racism--Kentucky--Louisville | Civil rights movements--Kentucky--Louisville | Teachers' unions--Southern States | United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, 38.2542376, -85.759407 | United States, Tennessee, Columbia | United States, Tennessee, Maury County, 35.6169396, -87.077014 | Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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