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Purcell Conway

From: New Visions, New Voices
Series: Moments of the Movement
Length: 03:29

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Young people played a key role in the civil rights movement. For some, their involvement came as an objection to their parents’ various fears. For a young Purcell Conway, his involvement was a family affair. In the Conway household, an arrest in pursuit of civil rights was an investment for the future and a badge of honor. As Conway would discover, the fight for racial justice would lead to some unexpected findings and to equally unanticipated allies. Read the full description.

Motm-sml_small Young people played a key role in the civil rights movement. For some, their involvement came as an objection to their parents’ various fears.  For a young Purcell Conway, his involvement was a family affair. In the Conway household, an arrest in pursuit of civil rights was an investment for the future and a badge of honor. As Conway would discover, the fight for racial justice would lead to some unexpected findings and to equally unanticipated allies. 

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AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, (YOUR STATION HERE) PRESENTS THE NEW SERIES, MOMENTS OF THE MOVEMENT. THESE VIGNETTES FEATURE INTERVIEWS WITH KEY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND PARTICIPANTS, MANY OF WHOM, UNTIL NOW, HAVE NEVER BEEN GIVEN THE SPOTLIGHT THEY DESERVE.  TUNE IN TO HEAR THESE INSPIRING PERSONAL STORIES. BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW VISIONS, NEW VOICES; THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE; AND (YOUR STATION HERE).

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Young people played a key role in the civil rights movement. For some, their involvement came as an objection to their parents’ various fears.  For a young Purcell Conway, his involvement was a family affair. In the Conway household, an arrest in pursuit of civil rights was an investment for the future and a badge of honor. As Conway would discover, the fight for racial justice would lead to some unexpected findings and to equally unanticipated allies. 

 :30 PROMO

AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, (YOUR STATION HERE) PRESENTS THE NEW SERIES, MOMENTS OF THE MOVEMENT. THESE VIGNETTES FEATURE INTERVIEWS WITH KEY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND PARTICIPANTS, MANY OF WHOM, UNTIL NOW, HAVE NEVER BEEN GIVEN THE SPOTLIGHT THEY DESERVE.  TUNE IN TO HEAR THESE INSPIRING PERSONAL STORIES. BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW VISIONS, NEW VOICES; THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE; AND (YOUR STATION HERE).

Additional Credits

Oral histories were conducted by the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on behalf of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress.

Moments of the Movement: Civil Rights and Change in America comes to you from New Visions, New Voices. Expanding the American conversation, because it’s time to hear the difference. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Online at New Visions, New Voices dot org.

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