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Interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976, Atlanta, Georgia

Author: Septima Poinsette Clark; Eugene P Walker; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
Publisher: [Chapel Hill, N.C.] : Southern Oral History Program, [between 1976-1984]
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Biography : State or province government publication : Microfilm : Master microform : English
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Septima Clark was hired by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to continue the voter registration and community education classes she had taught through the Highlander Folk School. She recalls some of the successes of her work with the S.C.L.C., especially the passing of the Voting Rights Act. The challenges of the work included prejudice against the female leaders in the organization, violent reactions by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)173189548
Named Person: Septima Poinsette Clark; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Septima Poinsette Clark; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Septima Poinsette Clark; Eugene P Walker; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
OCLC Number: 779477943
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Chapel Hill, N.C. : University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. On microfilm reel with 1 other item. Master microform (MN 3-2202, pos 2) held by: NcU.
Description: 40 pages
Other Titles: Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976
Interview G-0017, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)
Responsibility: by Eugene Walker ; transcribed by Jean Houston for the Southern Oral History Program.

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Septima Clark was hired by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to continue the voter registration and community education classes she had taught through the Highlander Folk School. She recalls some of the successes of her work with the S.C.L.C., especially the passing of the Voting Rights Act. The challenges of the work included prejudice against the female leaders in the organization, violent reactions by local police and Ku Klux Klan, and occasional class prejudice amongst SCLC leaders. Clark notes how several leaders needed to learn techniques for serving poor rural people, and she often corrected their misunderstandings. She compares the leadership strategies of Andrew Young, Wyatt T. Walker, and Ralph Abernathy and explains why the organization flourished under the influence of certain civil rights workers like Young and Jesse Jackson.

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