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Document Details


Title: Raylawni Branch
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Civil Rights Documentation Project
Description: Interview conducted on October 25, 1993 with Mrs. Raylawni Branch. Branch was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1941. After graduating from high school, she married and had three children. In 1965, Branch attended USM for one year. She was one of the first African Americans to attend USM. Branch returned to USM in 1988 and began working on a master's degree. She served as secretary of her local chapter of the NAACP; was a member of the Council for Federated Organizations, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in addition to attending the March on Washington. She was the first African American to be hired at the Big Yank factory and the telephone company to a position other than that of housekeeping personnel. She helped integrate the Greyhound and Trailways bus stations. Also, Branch participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement and the storming of the Pentagon.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohbranchrp.html
Restrictions: It is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright and PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1993 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Branch, Raylawni, 1941-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1941
Speaker place of birth: Hattiesburg, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Civil rights activist; Political activist; Social activist
Age at speaking: 52
Document date: 25-Oct-1993
Interviewer: Adams, Kim
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; White Citizens Council
Historical events discussed: Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; Mississippi; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-; United States; White Citizens Council
Topics discussed - Other terms: Activism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023493-25009