- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
- Oral history interview with Harold Fleming, January 24, 1990
- Fleming, Harold C.
- Contributor to Resource:
- Egerton, John
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- Civil rights--Georgia
Southern Regional Council
World War, 1939-1945--African Americans
United States. Army--African American troops
- Fleming, Harold C.
- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
oral histories (literary works)
- Harold Fleming worked with the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in Georgia from 1947 through the late 1950s. He recalls some of the opposition that group faced, particularly accusations of Communist connections. He links the Red Scare to a general fear of changing race relations throughout the South, which he started recognizing while commanding black troops in Japan during World War II. Journalist Ralph McGill helped Fleming get involved with the SRC, but McGill, like several others, could not get involved with the organization himself for fear of losing his job. Fleming compares how several of the SRC leaders, such as Charles Johnson and Lillian Smith, approached the work, and he commends President Harry Truman for taking an early stance against segregation.
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Interview participants: Harold Fleming, interviewee; John Egerton, interviewer.
This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.
Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Steve Weiss and Aaron Smithers.
- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)