Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976

Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976

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Creator:Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987
Creator:Walker, Eugene P. (Eugene Pierce), 1936-
Title:Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976
Date:1976 July 30
Description:

Septima Clark was hired by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to continue the voter registration and community education classes she had taught through the Highlander Folk School. She recalls some of the successes of her work with the SCLC, especially the passing of the Voting Rights Act. The challenges of the work included prejudice against the female leaders in the organization, violent reactions by local police and Ku Klux Klan, and occasional class prejudice amongst SCLC leaders. Clark notes how several leaders needed to learn techniques for serving poor rural people, and she often corrected their misunderstandings. She compares the leadership strategies of Andrew Young, Wyatt T. Walker, and Ralph Abernathy and explains why the organization flourished under the influence of certain civil rights workers like Young and Jesse Jackson.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987 | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | Trade-unions--Officials and employees--Southern States--Education | Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) | Women civil rights workers | African American civil rights workers--Georgia | Voter registration--Southern States | Civil rights movements--Southern States | Voter registration--Southern States | Women civil rights workers | African American civil rights workers--Georgia | Adult education--Southern States | Working class--Education--Southern States | Monteagle (Tenn.) | Franklin County (Tenn.) | Grundy County (Tenn.) | Marion County (Tenn.) | Georgia
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:

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Interview participants: Septima Poinsette Clark, interviewee, Eugene Walker, interviewer

Duration: 01:26:08

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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