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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-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976
Date:1976 July 30

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
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 | Adult education--Southern States | Working class--Education--Southern States | United States, Tennessee, Marion County, Monteagle, 35.2400807, -85.8396979 | United States, Tennessee, Franklin County, 35.1549608, -86.0921752 | United States, Tennessee, Grundy County, 35.3883667, -85.7225824 | United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075
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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