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Modjeska Simkins, May 11, 1990. Interview A-0356.
Fighting for Civil Rights before the Civil Rights Era in South Carolina: Civil rights leader Modjeska Simkins discusses race and civil rights before World War II.
Interviewee: Modjeska Simkins    Interviewer: John Egerton
Duration: 01:29:17     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
Modjeska Simkins, November 15, 1974. Interview G-0056-1.
Social Justice Activist from South Carolina Describes Her Childhood, Her Work with the Interracial Commission, and Race Relations: Modjeska Simkins describes growing up in a prosperous African American family, going to school, and her thoughts on "color consciousness" during her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, she discusses her involvement in the South Carolina Commission on Interracial Cooperation and other race organizations beginning in the 1920s, her thoughts on women's unique capabilities as leaders of social justice movements, and the nature of racial tension in the South.
Interviewee: Modjeska Simkins    Interviewer: Jacquelyn Hall
Duration: 01:34:55     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Modjeska Simkins, July 28, 1976. Interview G-0056-2.
African American Activist Describes Her Work with the NAACP and the Richland County Citizens Committee in South Carolina: African American civil rights activist Modjeska Simkins describes her upbringing in a prosperous family during the early twentieth century. She charts her work with the Tuberculosis Association, the NAACP, and the Richland County Citizens' Committee. Throughout the interview, Simkins offers telling anecdotes about racial tensions in South Carolina, the inner workings of civil rights organizations, and relationships between leaders of the movement.
Interviewee: Modjeska Simkins    Interviewer: Jacquelyn Hall
Duration: 05:45:13     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 17 excerpts.