Title: Oral History Interview with Angus Boaz Thompson Sr., October 21, 2003. Interview U-0017.
Interviewer: Maynor, Malinda
Interviewee: Thompson, Angus Boaz
Subjects: North Carolina--Race relations--20th century Robeson County (N.C.)--Race relations Civil rights--North Carolina African Americans--Civil rights--North Carolina Civil rights movements--North Carolina--History--20th century Civil rights movements--North Carolina--Robeson County Robeson County (N.C.)--History--20th century African Americans--North Carolina--Robeson County
Abstract: Angus Thompson recalls decades of civil rights activism, from pushing school integration to opposing segregated public facilities. Thompson inherited a legacy of activism from his father and became a forceful leader in the African American community in Lumberton, North Carolina, forging voting alliances with local Native Americans and opposing other black politicians' accommodationist impulses. Thompson's story is one of undiluted support for integration, which he sees as the cornerstone of racial progress in the second half of the twentieth century. This interview will prove useful for researchers looking for on-the-ground narratives of civil rights activism and an impassioned defense of the progress of the past fifty years.