- Greensboro Voices: Voicing Observations in Civil Rights and Equality struggles
- Oral History Interview with Nelson Johnson by William Chafe
- Johnson, Nelson N.
- Contributor to Resource:
- Chafe, William H., 1942-
- Greensboro, N.C. : The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. University Libraries
- Date of Original:
- Bennett College (Greensboro, N.C.)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Civil rights demonstrations
- United States, North Carolina, Guilford County, Greensboro, 36.07264, -79.79198
- This October 24, 1978, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Nelson Johnson primarily documents Johnson's community activism with YES (Youth Educational Services), FCD (Foundation for Community Development), GUTS (Greensboro United Tutorial Services), and GAS (Grassroots Association of Students), GAPP (Greensboro Association of Poor People) while at North Carolina A&T in the late sixties. Johnson discusses his early influences and civil rights activity; attending NC A&T; his various roles in and later dissatisfaction with YES; challenging George Dorsett and the Ku Klux Klan; the relationship between YES and FCD; meeting with Howard Fuller; Anne Graves Kornegay's influence; becoming involved with GUTS and GAS; organizing at Bennett College; forming a multiclass movement with GAPP; running for student body vice president; and the cafeteria workers' strike. Johnson also describes the growing spirit of Black Power in Greensboro. Topics include A&T administrator's efforts to remove activist students; criticism from community leaders like Hal Sieber; organizing a successful protest march in Greensboro following the Orangeburg Massacre; the militancy of the Black Liberation Front (BLF); Stokely Carmichael's visit to A&T; supposed FBI/SBI informants and Black Panther infiltrators; and Harold "Nunding" Avent.
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- Original Collection:
RL.00207 William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection
- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro. University Libraries