South Georgia Civil Rights Oral History CollectionSouth Georgia Civil Rights Oral History Collection

South Georgia Civil Rights Oral History Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: South Georgia Civil Rights Oral History Collection
Creator: Wall, James
Collection Number: RBRL/424/SGCR
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Historical note

James Wall, a doctoral candidate in the UGA History Department, conducted interviews with civil rights activists who were involved in the Albany Movement for civil rights in Southwest Georgia.

Scope and Content

Oral histories with members of the Albany Movement’s civil rights campaign in southwest Georgia document that time period as well as the local politics and initiatives in its aftermath.

“In November 1961, residents of Albany, Georgia, launched an ambitious campaign to eliminate segregation in all facets of local life. The movement captured national attention one month later when local leaders invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to join the protest. Despite King's involvement, the movement failed to secure concessions from local officials and was consequently deemed unsuccessful by many observers. Subsequent appraisals, however, have identified the movement as a formative learning experience for King and other civil rights organizers, and credited it with hastening the ultimate desegregation of Albany's facilities, which occurred only one year following the movement's conclusion in August 1962.”


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred citation

South Georgia Civil Rights Oral History Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

Original media for this collection included digital audio files.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2018.


Related Materials

Access Points

African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia.
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
Civil rights--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

SGCR-001 Shirley Sherrod

SGCR-001 Shirley Sherrod audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

SGCR-002 Yaz Johnson

SGCR-002 Yaz Johnson audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

SGCR-003 Cornelius Wadsworth Grant

SGCR-003 Cornelius Wadsworth Grant audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

SGCR-004 Tommy Coleman

SGCR-004 Tommy Coleman audio on Kaltura Access Online