- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
- Oral history interview with William W. Finlator, April 19, 1985
- Finlator, William Wallace, 1913-
- Contributor to Resource:
- Jenkins, James Lineberry, 1919-2003
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- Civil rights movements--North Carolina
Baptists--Clergy--North Carolina--History--20th century
Civil rights workers--North Carolina
Social reformers--North Carolina--Attitudes
Church and social problems--Southern States
Religious right--United States
Civil rights--North Carolina
- Finlator, William Wallace, 1913-2006
- United States, North Carolina, Wake County, Raleigh, 35.7721, -78.63861
oral histories (literary works)
- Longtime civil rights advocate Reverend William W. Finlator speaks powerfully about decades of activism and the future of rights in America. Finlator's activism was wide-ranging: he marched for integration in the 1950s and 1960s, joined vigils protesting capital punishment in North Carolina, and advocated for the rights of migrant workers. During a life of activism, he developed strong opinions about capital punishment, racism, the neglect of the poor, and what he saw as the pernicious influence of religion over politics. His most passionate language, however, is devoted to the defense of working people.
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- Title from menu page (viewed on Oct. 29, 2008).
Interview participants: William W. Finlator, interviewee; Jay Jenkins, interviewer.
This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill 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)