Nelson, Rachel West
"Rachel West Nelson was born Rachel West. She grew up in Selma, Alabama with parents who supported and participated in the voting rights campaign in Selma. Nelson is the co-author of Selma, Lord, Selma recollections of the Selma marches as told to Frank Sikora. Selma, Lord, Selma was later made into a film which aired on "The Wonderful World of Disney" in 1999...Rachel West Nelson was nine years old when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Selma in 1965. Her parents were ardent supporters of Civil Rights activists, housing many in their home during the Selma marches. Nelson and her friend Sheyann Webb greatly admired Dr. King, which led them to attend mass meetings and march in demonstrations."--Eyes on the Prize Interviews, biography, Washington University in Saint Louis.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Alabama Media Group Collection (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
- Rachel West Nelson and other marchers in Selma, Alabama, during the 20th anniversary reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery March. (Negatives (photographs))
- Rachel West Nelson standing with several children during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March in Selma, Alabama. (Negatives (photographs))
- Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
- Eyes on the Prize Interviews (Washington University in St. Louis University Libraries)