- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
- Oral history interview with Ruth Vick, 1973
- Vick, Ruth, 1916-
- Contributor to Resource:
- Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd
Hall, Bob, 1944-
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- Southern States--Race relations
Southern Regional Council
African American women civil rights workers--Southern States
Civil rights movements--Southern States
African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States
Cedartown (Ga.)--Social life and customs
- Vick, Ruth, 1916-
- United States, Georgia, Polk County, Cedartown, 34.01123, -85.25593
oral histories (literary works)
- Ruth Vick joined the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in the 1940s, becoming its only black employee at the time, and rising through the ranks to become a board member at the time of the interview. In her lengthy conversation with two interviewers, Vick discusses decades of SRC history, describing its leadership, organizational details, internal politics, and the SRC's place in the growing civil rights movement. The SRC supported the direct action strategies of the civil rights movement that emerged in force in the 1950s and 1960s, but chose study over sit-ins as a means of change. Vick devotes a great deal of time to discussing the role of African Americans within the organization. The SRC was not immune to the pervasive racism of the segregated South, and African Americans struggled for recognition and equal treatment within the organization.
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- Title from menu page (viewed on July 3, 2008).
Interview participants: Ruth Vick, interviewee; Jacquelyn Hall, interviewer; Bob Hall, 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 Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.
- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)