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Georgia - Albany: A.C. Searles Interviewee [Part 2]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with A.C. Searles in Albany, Georgia. They continue to discuss Joseph W. Holley, who wrote the book You Can't Build a Chimney From the Top. Searles had been called in to speak to the Chamber of Commerce. They threatened to withdraw their advertising from The Albany Southwest Georgian newspaper [due to his involvement in the civil rights movement?]. They suggested he speak to Dr. Holley, which he did. Holley used to give speeches at Ham and Egg shows, where farmers showed their hogs and hens for prizes. Searles would chauffer Holley to these events, and sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce telling them he was "being a good friend to Dr. Holley," and they eased up on him. Holley recommended he have no part in the boycott. He thought people should spend their time learning a trade. Searles once asked him if he truly meant the message he preached in his speeches. When Holley told him that he did, Searles stopped chauffeuring him. He liked Dr. Holley tremendously, but did not agree with his philosophy. They discuss the failure of New Communities and the problems rural Georgians, both Black and White, faced with land ownership in the late 1970s. Charles Sherrod had asked Searles to invest in New Communities, but he declined. He thought it would be a bad investment. Sherrod saw it as an idealistic dream. He is planning to run as an Independent in the next election after recently losing as a Democrat.
Civil rights demonstration
Dent, Thomas C.
Holley, Joseph W. (Joseph Winthrop), 1874-
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 150, Item 11, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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