Oral history interview with Lyman Johnson, July 12, 1990

Oral history interview with Lyman Johnson, July 12, 1990

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

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
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 | Louisville (Ky.) | Jefferson County (Ky.) | Columbia (Tenn.) | Maury County (Tenn.) | Kentucky | Tennessee | Southern States
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2006
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 21, 2007).

Interview participants: Lyman Johnson, interviewee; John Egerton, interviewer.

Duration: 01:03:17.

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 Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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