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Interviewee:Septima Poinsette Clark
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Septima Poinsette Clark, July 25, 1976. Interview G-0016.
Educator and Activist Works for Civil Rights in South Carolina: Septima Clark served as a board member and education director for the Highlander Folk School and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1950s and 1960s. She links her activism to the memory of her parents' struggles with poverty and racism. She also describes how community relations functioned within the NAACP and SCLC. Her plans for increasing community involvement, protecting the labor rights of black teachers, and educating black voters were often ignored because she was female. She discusses why these types of gender roles persisted in the SCLC and the role of leaders in the black community.
Interviewee: Septima Poinsette Clark    Interviewer: Jacquelyn Hall
Duration: 03:46:55     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 19 excerpts.
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Septima Poinsette Clark, July 30, 1976. Interview G-0017.
Effective Strategies and Leadership in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Septima Clark describes the work of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the late 1950s to mid 1960s, especially the community education programs that she directed for the SCLC and the Highlander Folk School. She rejoices in the new voters and civil rights legislation that resulted from their work but noticed drawbacks arising from prejudice against female leaders, disdain for the poor, and clashes in leadership styles.
Interviewee: Septima Poinsette Clark    Interviewer: Eugene Walker
Duration: 01:26:08     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 11 excerpts.