Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 088 Willie BoldenReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 088 Willie Bolden

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 088 Willie Bolden

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 088 Willie Bolden
Creator Bolden, Willie, 1938-
Dates 2009 October 7
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractWillie Bolden was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 7, 1938. and was raised in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known for his work as a civil rights activist. In this interview, Bolden discusses his activity with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Summer Community Organization for Political Education (SCOPE). Specifically, he addresses his work with voter registration drives in Albany, Georgia, the efforts to integrate hotels and restaurants in St. Augustine, Florida, and his role as “wagon master” for the Poor People’s Campaign. Other topics include the events of Bloody Sunday and his relationship with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hosea Williams.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 088, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Willie Bolden was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 7, 1938. He was raised in Savannah, Georgia. Bolden served in the U.S. Marines. Inspired by Hosea Williams and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was the “Wagon Master” for the Mule Train on the Poor People’s Campaign, preparing cities for Dr. King’s arrival. Bolden was also active in Williams’ Summer Community Organization for Political Education (SCOPE), a program designed to recruit white students to help with the movement. In 1972, he earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He served with the labor movement from 1973 to 1979. He then worked as the director of personnel for the Atlanta Public Library until 1983. Afterwards, Bolden began serving as pastor of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.


Scope and Content

Bolden discusses his early years and his work as a civil rights activist. He provides an overview of his activity with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Summer Community Organization for Political Education (SCOPE). Specifically, he addresses his work with voter registration drives in Albany, Georgia, the efforts to integrate hotels and restaurants in St. Augustine, Florida, and his role as “wagon master” for the Poor People’s Campaign. Other topics include the events of Bloody Sunday and his relationship with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., and Hosea Williams.


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Access Points

Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia.
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Oral histories.
Poor People's Campaign.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Williams, Hosea, 1926-

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 088 Willie Bolden video, 2009 October 7 ( 81.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 088 Willie Bolden transcript, 2009 October 7 VIEW ONLINE