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Document Details


Title: Clayton Russell
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
Collection: Labor History: Desegregating Unions during WWII
Description: Clayton Russell Jr., the minister of the People's Independent Church of Christ, was a leading organizer in the Black community. He had one of the first Black radio show in Los Angeles and used his weekly program to mobilize the community for social action. As a founder of the Negro Victory Committee, one of the ""Double V"" groups formed in Black communities throughout the nation during WWII, he played an important role in the fight to desegregate the unions. During the war years, he also was instrumental in establishing cooperative markets in the Black community, some of which survived into the 1950s.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Russell, Clayton
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Clergy; Community leader; Radio broadcaster
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: California; Los Angeles, CA; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American labor union members; African American leadership; African Americans--California; African Americans--Employment; California; Labor movement; Labor unions; Los Angeles, CA; North America; Oral history; Political activists; United States; World War II, 1939-1945
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0035160-38728