Title: Oral History Interview with Virginia Grantham, March 6, 1985. Interview F-0017.
Interviewer: Blanchard, Dallas A.
Interviewee: Grantham, Virginia
Subjects: Southern States--Race relations Fellowship of Southern Churchmen Civil rights movements--Southern States
Abstract: Virginia Grantham became a participant in the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen when she moved to North Carolina (probably during the late 1930s or early 1940s). Grantham's participation became more overt in the late 1940s when she and her husband settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he taught history at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In this interview, Grantham discusses various leaders and figures within the Fellowship and offers her thoughts on that group's relationship to various social and political issues. After briefly discussing the role of socialism within the Fellowship, Grantham shifts her focus to the Fellowship's relationship to the civil rights movement. She explains that she was interested in the Fellowship because of her own support of desegregation. She concludes the interview by discussing the sit-in movement in Greensboro and the overlap between members of the Fellowship and civil rights activists.