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Bernice V. Robinson papers, 1957-1985

Author: Bernice Robinson
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Reel-to-reel tape : Picture : English
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The majority of the collection details Bernice V. Robinson's role (late 1950s-1980s) as a teacher and social activist for voter education, adult literacy, and child development; with other materials (1960s-1980s) relating to her personal, religious, and social work. Biographical papers include transcripts of her oral history interview. Topics discussed include her life and family; race relations in Charleston; work
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Oral histories
Photographs
Sound recordings
Named Person: Bernice Robinson; James L Bevel; Candie Carawan; Guy Carawan; Septima Poinsette Clark; James Clyburn; Dorothy Cotton; Medgar Wiley Evers; Fannie Lou Hamer; Myles Horton; Esau Jenkins; Martin Luther King, Jr.; John Lewis; Marion Palfi; Rosa Parks; Charles Dufort Ravenel; Lawrence Dunbar Reddick; Bayard Rustin; Fred Shuttlesworth; Hosea Williams; Andrew Young
Material Type: Picture, Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernice Robinson
OCLC Number: 133144433
Description: 7.5 linear ft.

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The majority of the collection details Bernice V. Robinson's role (late 1950s-1980s) as a teacher and social activist for voter education, adult literacy, and child development; with other materials (1960s-1980s) relating to her personal, religious, and social work. Biographical papers include transcripts of her oral history interview. Topics discussed include her life and family; race relations in Charleston; work in New York City; differences in segregation in the South and North; her work with the Charleston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and with her cousin Septima Clark, Esau Jenkins, the Progressive Club, and Highlander Folk School, educating adults for voter registration and establishing schools on John's, Wadmalaw, and Edisto Islands; working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Cotton, Hosea Williams, Bayard Rustin, Medgar Evers, and James Bevel; working for a variety of other civil rights related and social welfare programs; and her unsuccessful political career. A series of Robinson's works contains copies of speeches on a number of topics. Her correspondence includes letters from social activist and photographer Marion Palfi (1963); Guy and Candie Carawan (1988); Andrew Young, Jr. (1977) and others.

A series on her professional affiliations commences with Highlander Folk School, later Highlander Research and Education Center, (1957-1988, bulk 1957-1960s); with Myles Horton correspondence (1957-1988); materials from Highlander sponsored programs, including the Southwide Voter Education Internship Project, (1965); the South Carolina Citizenship School (1957-1960); and black and white photographs (ca. 1957-1960) of Robinson and her students. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) papers (1964-69) include data re its history, structure and projects; with tributes, etc. re Martin Luther King, Jr. SCLC Citizenship Education Training Program papers (1963-69) contain reports, workbooks, and materials used by Robinson in teaching reading and voter registration. Papers (1967-1970) on the South Carolina branch of the Voter Education Project, Inc., sponsored by the Southern Regional Council, include reports (1965-66), booklets and charts. Materials (1964-1970) re Robinson's involvement with the Community Action Program, of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) detail a three month Community Action Technicians Training Program (CAT/CAP), in Madison, Wisconsin (1967); with post-CAT papers (1967-68), as well. The South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers (SCCFW)/Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program papers (1966-1972, bulk 1970-72) contain grant proposals, publications, etc., re its inception, structure, and reports (1970-72) from Robinson's territory of Edisto, John's, Wadmalaw and Yonges Islands and Williamsburg County to supervisors and James E. Clyburn, Executive Director. Files on day care and child development organizations document the creation of, and Robinson's directorship (1971-73) of the Yonges Island Day Care Center. Civil Rights Movement Oral History Project papers (of the Institutional Development & Economic Affairs Service [IDEAS]), include grant proposals, and carbons of letters, requesting interviews.

Robinson's political papers include correspondence and campaign materials re her candidacy to the South Carolina House of Representatives (1972, 1974); and campaign materials re Charles "Pug" Ravenel's unsuccessful bid the for U.S. Senate, and Robinson's work (1978) as field coordinator. Her church papers include minutes, correspondence, etc., from the Board of Christian Social Concerns and the Program Council of the United Methodist Church; materials re Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Charleston, S.C.; and speeches given at United Methodist Women conferences. Other materials documenting Robinson's association with African American and women's associations include those re the Charleston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1955-1974, bulk 1970s); and papers re her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho.

Audio-visual materials include reel to reel tapes, cassette user copies and transcripts of speeches for a lecture series, A decade of civil rights history, 1960-1970: the movement as viewed by participants at Loop College, Chicago, IL (1970), featuring Fannie Lou Hamer, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, and John Lewis; with only recordings, and no transcripts, for Guy Carawan's and Dr. Lawrence D. Reddick's speeches. The series also includes original and photocopied black and white photographs of Robinson and unidentified friends and family members, some originals from Avery's photographic collections. Miscellaneous and oversize materials include a small amount of photocopied newspaper clippings on various, mostly political, topics, and a SCLC newsletter SoulForce.

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