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Interview with John A. Stokes

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Creator:Stokes, John A., 1931-
Creator:Carrington, Ronald E.
Title:Interview with John A. Stokes
Date:2003 Mar. 21

John A. Stokes, of Lanham, Maryland, educator, retired principal, Baltimore City Public Schools, one of the leaders of the student strike at the R.R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1951. Stokes provides a "behind the scenes" report on the famous Barbara Johns-led student walkout and its aftermath. Mr. Stokes also discussed the conditions of the schools in Prince Edward County; the role of parents and clergy in the strike; the early involvement of the NAACP in Prince Edward County; and rural life in segregated Virginia.

This interview was conducted March 21, 2003 at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Ronald E. Carrington, President of Media Consultants Global, Inc. of Richmond, was the director-producer of the video taping and interviewed the interviewees. Historian Dr. Betsy Brinson conducted preliminary oral interviews. The text of the oral history was transcribed by Halasz Reporting and Video, Richmond. Other editing by the staff of Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries.

Types:Oral histories | MovingImage
Subjects:Stokes, John A., 1931- --Interviews | Stokes, John A., 1931- --Family | African Americans--Virginia--Interviews | Civil rights movements--Virginia--Prince Edward County | Prince Edward County (Va.)--Race relations--History--20th century | African American civil rights workers--Virginia--Prince Edward County | Discrimination in education--Virginia--Prince Edward County | African American schools--Virginia--Prince Edward County | R.R. Moton High School (Farmville, Va.) | R.R. Moton High School (Farmville, Va.)--Student strike, 1951 | Civil rights demonstrations--Virginia--Prince Edward County | Direct action--Virginia--Prince Edward County | African Americans--Education--Virginia--Prince Edward County | African American high school students--Virginia--Prince Edward County | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | United States, Virginia, Prince Edward County, 37.2243039, -78.4410842
Collection:Voices of Freedom: The Virginia Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Contributors:VCU Libraries. JBC Special Collections
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Virginia Civil Rights Movement Video Initiative

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