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Floyd B. McKissick interview, 1968 Oct. 16.

Author: Floyd B McKissick
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Discusses his childhood precociousness and early encounters with racism as a boy and as the first Black student at the University of North Carolina. Recalls his later exposure in the 1940s to radical politics (the Henry Wallace campaign) and introduction to CORE. Gives account of some of the first Freedom Rides, mentioning the roles played by George Houser, Jim Peck, Bayard Rustin, and others; describes his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Oral histories
Named Person: George M Houser; James Peck; Bayard Rustin; Henry A Wallace
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Floyd B McKissick
OCLC Number: 853149430
Notes: The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Description: Transcript : 42, 47 p.

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Discusses his childhood precociousness and early encounters with racism as a boy and as the first Black student at the University of North Carolina. Recalls his later exposure in the 1940s to radical politics (the Henry Wallace campaign) and introduction to CORE. Gives account of some of the first Freedom Rides, mentioning the roles played by George Houser, Jim Peck, Bayard Rustin, and others; describes his relationships with CORE leadership. Details and defends the divergent positions CORE adopted under his directorship. Discusses his post-CORE activities, notably: building McKissick Enterprises and a Black corporate network, working on a book, involvement with a presidential candidate "screening" organization (the National Committee of Inquiry), and travel to Cambodia. Articulates his ideological perspectives: his rejection of nonviolence and Black elitism, his six-point philosophy of Black Power, and his views on Black capitalism and Black economic independence. Admonishes Blacks to emphasize their ethnic rather than racial distinctions, and advocates redefining the social contract between Blacks and whites. Discusses class divisions in the Black community and analyzes trends in Black leadership from the 1700s through the 1960s. Interviewer: Robert Wright.

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