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Document Details


Title: Umoja Kwanguvu
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: An interview conducted on 06-08-1999 with Umoja Kwanguvu (born 1925). Born William Jones, Umoja Kwanguvu actively protested and defied segregation while in the military, conducted protest activities against the prevailing Jim Crow attitudes and laws in the 1950s, provoked his students to question a long-accepted attitude of racial "untouchability", and was arrested in 1953 for drinking from a water fountain in Birmingham, Alabama, labeled "white". In 1964, he was arrested with James Farmer, the founder of CORE (Congress for Racial Equality), as they picketed the New York World's Fair because of inadequate and demeaning employment of non-white people. That same summer, he was arrested in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for attempting to desegregate the public library.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/kwanguvu.htm
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 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Kwanguvu, Umoja, 1925-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1925
Speaker place of birth: Birmingham, AL; Alabama; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Civil rights activist
Age at speaking: 74
Document date: 08-Jun-1999
Interviewer: Ramirez, Sarah
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: OHI0023595-25111