Moments of the Movement

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Highlights from the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) Civil Rights History Project, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and NMAAHC to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals—many who are unheralded—who participated in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) Civil Rights History Project, created by an act of Congress in 2009, is a joint effort of the Library of Congress and NMAAHC to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals—many who are unheralded—who participated in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s. NMAAHC, in partnership with the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began interviewing the foot soldiers, leaders and supporters of the Movement in October 2010. Moments of the Movement features three-to-five-minute first-person narratives culled from these hundreds of hours of never-before-broadcast video and audio footage to provide a rich, detailed history of the nation during an important and tumultuous period. Hide full description

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) Civil Rights History Project, created by an act of Congress in 2009, is a joint effort of the Library of Congress and NMAAHC to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals—many who are unheralded—who participated in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s. NMAAHC, in partnership with the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began interviewing the foot soldiers, leaders and supporters of the Movement in October 2010. Moments of the Movement features three-to-five-minute first-person narratives culled from these hundreds of hours of never-before-broadcast video and... Show full description


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Americus, Ga., native Dr. William Anderson founded the Albany Movement in Georgia in 1961 in an effort to forge a broad-based coalition for change....

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Dentist Robert Hayling has been hailed as the "father" of the Saint Augustine, Fla., civil rights movement. The NAACP recruited Hayling in the earl...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Caption: Joyce Ann (left) and Dorie Ann Ladner
As two sisters from Mississippi—Dorie Ann and Joyce Ann Ladner—worked to prepare for the March on Washington in 1963, they realized there was a far...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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With themes of civil resistance, nonviolent protests, boycotts and voting rights at the helm of the Civil Rights Movement, there was another consta...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Much of the credit for the growth of the Civil Rights Movement in the South rightly went to college students from the nation's HBCUs. Dr. Esther Te...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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As a Howard University student, Courtland Cox served on the steering committee for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as a represent...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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The husband and wife team of David and Toko Ackerman represented the diversity of the Civil Rights Movement. David, a self-proclaimed product of a ...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • 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...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Beginning in the 1960s as an interracial group advocating nonviolence, SNCC shifted its focus to political activism and later in the decade to blac...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. But for Freeman Hrabowski, now presid...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
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Birmingham native Freeman Hrabowski, who was trained to lead and protect younger children during civil rights protests, explains why many middle-cl...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
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SNCC (snick) found a committed worker in teenaged Carrie Young in 1960s Arkansas. But even Young’s devotion had not prepared her for the illiteracy...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Dr. Alfred Moldovan, a founding member of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, shares his experience of treating SNCC workers who were attacked ...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Caption: Joseph Lowery
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery discusses New York Times v. Sullivan, the case in which he was a defendant along with Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy, an...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Former United States Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod shares how the death of her father at the hands of a white farmer in rural ...

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  • Added: May 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Activist and black nationalist John Churchville is known best as the founder of Philadelphia's Freedom Library Day School, but as a student of Malc...

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  • Added: May 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Attorney, musician, and educator Junius Williams has advocated for poor and working class African Americans in Newark, N.J., for more than 40 years...

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  • Added: May 15, 2013
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Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. will be remembered as the first African-American from South Carolina to ascend to the federal bench, but he started out ...

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  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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Caption: Cecil J. Williams
Orangeburg, S.C., native Cecil J. Williams began taking pictures of the nascent Civil Rights Movement in his home town at the young age of 15, and ...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
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