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Anne Dlugos interview, Part 5
Rogers, Kim Lacy
In this recording Dlugos talks about what shaped her think as a young woman and what she did within activism. She describes the work she did while working with SOS to make education better for the youth. She conclude by touching on how Moon Landrieu helped get black people into City Hall.
Anne Dlugos begins this recording by continuing to discuss the McCarthy era and the ensuing climate of fear. Dlugos continues to describe the key influences that shaped her thinking as a young woman, including Mary Allen at Newcomb College and her own family, as well as the book You Have Seen Their Faces. Dlugos describes her work as an education activist, including the origins of Save Our Schools (SOS) and her attendance at a hearing at the Louisiana State Legislature. She mentions that her pastor's support of this caused induced several of her congregation's members to resign their membership from the church. She attests that she was relieved that they misspelled her name in newspaper accounts of the legislature session in Baton Rouge. Dlugos details her involvement in Save Our Schools (SOS), and that for a two year period she often worked herself to a point of exhaustion. She describes that their chief goals were to support the Orleans Parish School Board and to influence public opinion. She explains that her involvement with SOS gave her a platform for her own views and, while her involvement often caused discord among friends, she also gained the respect of friends and community members whose opinions she valued. She mentions that the organization failed to achieve a "peaceful settlement." Dlugos describes continued involvement in public education, particular during a statewide educational conference organized by Buddy Roemer. She describes other individuals involved with SOS, including Mary Sand and Betty Wisdom. Dlugos explains that while she only served as a driver to schoolchildren in the early months of the school desegregation crisis a couple times, she was scared whenever she did it. Dlugos overviews the League of Women Voters "pioneer work" on Voter registration. She also praises Moon Landrieu's successes in bringing African Americans into City Hall. She explains that while she voted for a socialist candidate in the 1948 presidential election, she's become much more conservative as years have gone by.
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Box 4, Item 22, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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