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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-- Martin L. King

Johnnetta Cole speaks about the magic of going to the library after school.


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Interviews with...
   Amiri Baraka
   Mary Berry
   Sanford Bishop, Jr.
   Julian Bond
   Carol Moseley Braun
   Calvin Butts
   Geoffrey Canada
   Julius Chambers
   James Clyburn
   Johnnetta Cole
   John Conyers Jr.
   Angela Davis
   Floyd Flake
   Robert Franklin
   Mary Futrell
   Nikki Giovanni
   Earl Graves
   Bill Gray
   Dick Gregory
   Dorothy Height
   Oliver Hill
   Benjamin Hooks
   Freeman Hrabowski
   Gwen Ifill
   Benjamin Jealous
   Elaine Jones
   Vernon Jordan
   Barbara Lee
   John Lewis
   Henry Marsh
   Gwen Moore
   Eleanor Holmes Norton
   Charles Ogletree
   Vivian Pinn
   Charles Rangel
   William Raspberry
   Bobby Lee Rush
   Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich
   Bakari Sellers
   Lucius Theus
   Clarence Thomas
   Diane Watson
   L. Douglas Wilder
   Roger Wilkins
   Anthony Williams
   Armstrong Williams
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Oral history provides a richly textured layer to the history recorded in books and articles. This site features a collection of interviews of leaders in the black community. Conducted chiefly by Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP and professor of history at the University of Virginia, these oral histories focus on issues of black leadership and the transformational role of the civil rights movement in America.

By concentrating on leadership in equal measure to the remembered past of peoples' lives, the conversations implicitly connect the ways in which historical circumstances create the conditions for the future.




Amiri Baraka


Mary Berry


Sanford Bishop, Jr.


Julian Bond


Carol Moseley Braun


Calvin Butts


Geoffrey Canada


Julius Chambers


James Clyburn


Johnnetta Cole


John Conyers Jr.


Angela Davis


Floyd Flake


Robert Franklin


Mary Futrell


Nikki Giovanni


Earl Graves


Bill Gray


Dick Gregory


Dorothy Height


Oliver Hill


Benjamin Hooks


Freeman Hrabowski


Gwen Ifill


Benjamin Jealous


Elaine Jones


Vernon Jordan


Barbara Lee


John Lewis


Henry Marsh


Gwen Moore


Eleanor Holmes Norton


Charles Ogletree


Vivian Pinn


Charles Rangel


William Raspberry


Bobby Lee Rush


Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich


Bakari Sellers


Lucius Theus


Clarence Thomas


Diane Watson


L. Douglas Wilder


Roger Wilkins


Anthony Williams


Armstrong Williams


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