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Glennon Threatt, June 16, 2005. Interview U-0023.
Academic Success and Persistent Segregation in Birmingham, Alabama: A Birmingham lawyer shares his reflections on segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, and racism in the United States.
Interviewee: Glennon Threatt    Interviewer: Kimberly Hill
Duration: 01:35:07     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 17 excerpts.
Willie Mae Lee Crews, June 16, 2005. Interview U-0020.
African American Teacher Describes the Process of Desegregation and its Implications for Students in Birmingham, Alabama: Willie Mae Crews, the daughter of a sharecropper, was a teacher at Hayes High School, an African American school in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1960s and 1970s. Crews describes Hayes as an excellent segregated school that did not benefit from the desegregation that began during the 1970-1971 school year.
Interviewee: Willie Mae Lee Crews    Interviewer: Kimberly Hill
Duration: 02:21:29     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
Elizabeth Brown, June 17, 2005. Interview U-0019.
Successful Integration, Uncertain Legacy: Integration in Birmingham, Alabama: Elizabeth Brown, a white teacher who taught at John Carroll High School in Birmingham, Alabama, describes desegregation and its legacies in her city.
Interviewee: Elizabeth Brown    Interviewer: Kimberly Hill
Duration: 01:56:22     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 12 excerpts.
Lemuel Delany, July 15, 2005. Interview R-0346.
Upward Mobility: From Raleigh to New York: Lemuel Delany grew up in segregated Raleigh, North Carolina, during the 1920s and 1930s before moving to Harlem in New York City. In this interview, Delany discusses race relations in the South and in the North, offers his reaction to his aunts' book Having Our Say, outlines his family's accomplishments, and explains his disapproval of some of the actions of the NAACP and his disappointment in the impact of desegregation on African American institutions.
Interviewee: Lemuel Delany    Interviewer: Kimberly Hill
Duration: 01:33:44     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.