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Oral history interview with Ruth Vick, 1973

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Creator:Vick, Ruth, 1916-
Creator:Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd
Creator:Hall, Bob, 1944-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Ruth Vick, 1973

Ruth Vick joined the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in the 1940s, becoming its only black employee at the time, and rising through the ranks to become a board member at the time of the interview. In her lengthy conversation with two interviewers, Vick discusses decades of SRC history, describing its leadership, organizational details, internal politics, and the SRC's place in the growing civil rights movement. The SRC supported the direct action strategies of the civil rights movement that emerged in force in the 1950s and 1960s, but chose study over sit-ins as a means of change. Vick devotes a great deal of time to discussing the role of African Americans within the organization. The SRC was not immune to the pervasive racism of the segregated South, and African Americans struggled for recognition and equal treatment within the organization.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Vick, Ruth, 1916- | Southern States--Race relations | Southern Regional Council | African American women civil rights workers--Southern States | Civil rights movements--Southern States | African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States | Cedartown (Ga.)--Social life and customs | United States, Georgia, Polk County, Cedartown, 34.0537104, -85.2549519
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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