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Anne Dlugos interview, Part 4
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Anne Dlugos talks about her early life and her moms work in the YWCA. She touches on her experience with Race relations and inequality. Dlugos talks about the church involvement in Civil rights and the influence she was given from her mother.
Anne Dlugos begins the interview by quoting passages from antebellum-era texts that valorize the institution of slavery. She describes her family background, including family connections to the Confederacy and family roots in Alabama and Georgia as well as the family connections to slavery. She describes her mother's presidency of the YWCA; Dlugos' mother was president at the time of the desegregation of the local YWCA, though insists that the organization's desegregation was an edict of the national organization and not her mother's doing: "My mother was the steel hand in the velvet glove with great charm and a wonderful sense of humor." She overviews Rosa Keller's work with her mother. Dlugos describes how Race relations work has only recently been acceptable in the last few years and how several of those in her social circle would not approve of such activism: "I still would not feel comfortable having a mixed social gathering in this house with the friends that I have still kept." Dlugos continues that the only African Americans she knows are through her work with the League of Women Voters. Dlugos discusses her parents' affinity for the Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt as well as Marian Anderson's exclusion from Constitution Hall. She describes a sociology class at Newcomb College in 1941 or 1942 that first brought segregation to her attention as "morally wrong." She also discusses the absence of discussion about racial inequality in church. Dlugos discusses the role of the church in Civil rights activism. Dlugos continues to discuss the activism of her mother and her mother's influence on her own thinking. She describes the League of Women Voters "freedom agenda," which was designed to promote the right to dissent. She mentions that the American Legion saw the League of Women Voters as "Communist dupes."
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Box 4, Item 22, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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