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Oral history with Mrs. Raylawni Branch

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Creator:Branch, Raylawni, 1941-
Creator:Adams, Kim
Title:Oral history with Mrs. Raylawni Branch
Date:1993 Oct. 25

Oral history. Interview conducted on October 25, 1993 with Mrs. Raylawni Branch. Branch was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1941. After graduating from high school, she married and had three children. In 1965, Branch attended USM for one year. She was one of the first African Americans to attend USM. Branch returned to USM in 1988 and began working on a master's degree. She served as secretary of her local chapter of the NAACP; was a member of the Council for Federated Organizations, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in addition to attending the March on Washington. She was the first African American to be hired at the Big Yank factory and the telephone company to a position other than that of housekeeping personnel. She helped integrate the Greyhound and Trailway bus stations. Also, Branch participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement and the storming of the Pentagon.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Branch, Raylawni, 1941- | African American women civil rights activists--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | African American women civil rights activists--Mississippi--Forrest County | African American women--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | African American women--Mississippi--Forrest County | Civil rights--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | Civil rights--Mississippi--Forrest County | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Forrest County | Children--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | Children--Mississippi--Forrest County | High schools--Alumni and alumnae--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | High schools--Alumni and alumnae--Mississippi--Forrest County | Mothers--Mississippi--Hattiesburg | Mothers--Mississippi--Forrest County | African American college students--Mississippi | Graduate students--Mississippi | Women college students--Mississippi | Women in higher education--Mississippi | University of Southern Mississippi | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.) | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | United States, Mississippi, Hattiesburg | United States, Mississippi, Forrest County
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Original Material:

Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 682, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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