Title: Oral History Interview with Nancy Kester Neale, August 6, 1983. Interview F-0036.
Interviewer: Blanchard, Dallas A.
Interviewee: Neale, Nancy Kester
Subjects: Kester, Alice. Fellowship of Southern Churchmen Women civil rights workers Kester, Howard, 1904-1977
Abstract: Nancy Kester Neale remembers her father, Howard "Buck" Kester, who founded the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and held leadership positions in the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen and the Committee on Economic and Racial Justice. According to Neale, Kester was a pioneer whose activism demonstrated the power that religious organizations could play in improving the lives of the southern underclass. This interview is at times light on specifics, but is a useful look at the role of religious organizations in the struggle for economic and racial justice in the South well before the modern civil rights movement gained strength.