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In February of 2001, the Spokane
Spokesman-Review produced a month long series of articles
on black history, focusing in particular on the civil rights movement of the
1960s. As part of that series, Rebecca Nappi conducted a series of interviews
with individuals with ties to both the civil rights movement and to Spokane.
Some of these interviews were made available at the time in audio format on the
Spokesman-Review website, and excerpts from these
interviews were used in writing newspaper articles.
The collection consists of five cassette tapes, five newspaper
clippings, and a folder of printed transcripts of the tapes. Topics include
civil rights activities and race relations in Spokane Washington, the influence
of Dr. Martin Luther King, racism and protests in the deep south, and civil
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
This collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation :
[Item Description]. Cage 683, Civil Rights Oral History Interviews.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University
Libraries, Pullman, WA.
The tapes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee. An exception
occurs where two or three interviewees were recorded on the same cassette
(Numbers 2 & 5), making eight interviews on five tapes.
At the end of the collection are two folders, one containing newspaper
clippings from 1965 and 2001, and one containing printed transcripts of all of
Acquisition Information :
The civil rights oral history interviews were donated to MASC by
Rebecca Nappi in March, 2002.
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
Series 1: Cassette
Emelda and Manuel Brown talk
about their experiences with racial prejudice while raising a family in
Spokane, Washington in the 1960s.
Clarence Freeman discusses his
reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and the reaction of the
community of Spokane. He also talks briefly about a childhood experience with
prejudice in Spokane.
Sam Minnix describes the scene
during a civil rights demonstration at the Spokane County Courthouse on Friday
March 26, 1965.
Verda Lofton relates her
impression of the March 26, 1965 Spokane civil rights protest.
Flip Schulke describes about his
experiences photographing race related stories in the south. He mentions
photographing the admission of the first black student, James Meredith, into
the University of Mississippi and the results of the assassination of Martin
Luther King on the protests and marches. He finishes by discussing the
differences between the youth of the 60s and the youth of today, and the legacy
of the protest movements.
Jerrelene Williamson relates her
sense of the civil rights movement in Spokane to events in Alabama.
Alvin Pitmon talks about his
experiences with prejudice in Arkansas during the forced integration of schools
in the 1960s. He discusses his feelings towards Dr. Martin Luther King and the
effect Dr. King had on him.
Nancy Nelson sings two civil
rights spirituals: My Lord, What a Morning and Let Us Break Bread