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African American History Forum

Black women oral history project

Black women oral history project : oral history, 1976-1980.


Undertaken by the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College in 1976, this project records the memoirs of selected black American women aged seventy and over who had strong impacts on their communities through either their professional contributions or voluntary service.The participants, who represent different areas of the United States, speak candidly of growing up during the early years of the struggle for racial equality, prior to the civil rights movment. They recall their childhood religious experiences and educational and cultural opportunities. Many offer family genealogies, including stories passed from generation to generation about slave and Indian forebears.Pioneers in the ranks of business, social work, medicine, government, trade unions, athletics, and education, they emphasize the effect of race and gender on an individual's success.There are new insights into the opportunities that World War II created for women and blacks in the professions, and extensive discussions of organizations which broadened the public awareness of black culture, such as the YWCA, Urban League, NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.

Participants, pagination and restrictions as noted:
Jessie Abbott, 32;
Christia V. Adair, 54;
Frankie V. Adams, 15;
Lucy Rucker Aiken, 39;
Frances Albrier, 301;
Margaret Walker Alexander, 59 ;
Sadie T. M. Alexander, 14
Elizabeth Cardozo Barker, 42;
Norma Boyd, 28;
Melnea A. Cass, 140;
May Edward Chinn, 91;
Juanita Jewel Craft, 33;
Clara Dickson, 20;
Alice A. Dunnigan, 37;
Alfreda Barnett Duster, 66;
Eva B. Dykes, 19;
Mae Massie Eberhardt, 42;
Florence Jacob Edmunds, 58;
Lena Edwards, 84;
Virginia Clark Gayton, 29;
Frances Grant, 55 ;
Ardie Clark Halyard, 26;
Neddi Rucker Harper, 39;
Pleasant Harrison, 92;
Beulah S. Hester, 73;
May Edwards Hill, 43;
Margaret Cardozo Holmes, 15;
Clementine Hunter, 21;
Fidelia Johnson, 17;
Lois Mailou Jones, 46;
Susie W. Jones, 35;
Virginia Lacy Jones, 30;
Hattie Simmons Kelly, 138;
Maida Springer Kemp, 101;
Flemmie P. Kittrell, 45;
Eunice Rivers Laurie, 24;
Catherine Cardozo Lewis, 20;
Inabel Burns Lindsay, 60;
Eliza Champ McCabe, 27;
Miriam Matthews, 81;
Lucy Miller Mitchell, 100;
and Hazel Rucker, 39;
Julia Smith, 118;
Olivia Pearl Stokes, 88;
Ann Tanneyhill, 54;
Constance Allen Thomas, 66;
Era Bell Thompson, 46 ;
Mary Crutchfield Thompson, 61;
Bazoline Estelle Usher, 58;
Dorothy West, 75;
Frances H. Williams, 30;
Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, 69;
Arline Stewart Yarborough, 51.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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