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Oral history interview with John Ivey, July 21, 1990

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Creator:Ivey, John E. (John Eli), 1919-
Creator:Egerton, John
Creator:Ivey, Melville Corbett
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with John Ivey, July 21, 1990
Date:1990 July 21

John Ivey was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1919 and raised in Auburn, Alabama. After completing college at Auburn University, Ivey came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology. While at UNC-CH, Ivey met and married his wife, Melville Corbett Ivey, another sociology graduate student. Ivey and his wife describe the sociology graduate program, focusing on Howard Odum and Rupert Vance as especially influential figures. Emphasizing his increasing interest in regionalism at that time, Ivey discusses the relationship between Odum and Frank Porter Graham and their respective approaches towards addressing political and social problems in the South. Ivey graduated with his doctoral degree in sociology in 1944 and went to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1948, Ivey briefly returned to academia, teaching at UNC-CH and then accepting a position at New York University. During that same year, Ivey was recruited by southern governors to head up the newly-formed Southern Regional Education Board. Ivey moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as director of the SREB from 1948 until 1956. He describes his own support of desegregation and acknowledges that he saw the SREB as an instrument for changing educational policies in the South. Ivey and his wife focus specifically in their discussion of their work with SREB on the role of southern governors, notably Millard Caldwell of Florida, and the competing visions of whether SREB should uphold or challenge segregation in southern public schools.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Ivey, John E. (John Eli), 1919- | Ivey, Melville Corbett | Odum, Howard Washington, 1884-1954 | North Carolina--Race relations | School integration--Southern States | Educators--Southern States | Southern Regional Education Board | College integration--Southern States | Education, Higher--Political aspects--Southern States | United States, North Carolina, 35.759573, -79.0193
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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