- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
- Oral history interview with Alexander M. Rivera, February 1, 2002
- Rivera, Alex
- Contributor to Resource:
- Taylor, Kieran Walsh
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- African American journalists
Segregation in education--Law and legislation--United States
North Carolina Central University
African American business enterprises
African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States
Southern States--Race relations
Crime and the press--Southern States
- Rivera, Alex
- United States, North Carolina, Durham County, Durham, 35.99403, -78.89862
oral histories (literary works)
- This is the second of two interviews with African American photojournalist Alexander M. Rivera. In this interview, Rivera focuses in more detail on certain events and issues he addressed in his first interview, which traced the trajectory of his career as a photojournalist, notably during his years with the Pittsburgh Courier. He describes in greater detail his work as a reporter covering the Briggs v. State of South Carolina desegregation case. In addition, he discusses more fully the impact of the Brown decision (and the eventual demise of legal Jim Crow segregation) on African American businesses. Rivera also describes his favorite photographs from this time period. Finally, Rivera talks about his work at North Carolina Central College in the late 1960s and 1970s. He describes how he was able to bring Gerald Ford to speak at the school's fiftieth anniversary celebration and the impact of desegregation on the school's academics and athletics.
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Interview participants: Alexander M. Rivera, interviewee; Kieran Taylor, 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)