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Bob Zellner interview, Part 2
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Dottie Zellner continues the interview by discussing the Women's Movement and the legacy of the Zellners' GROW Project (Grass-Roots Organizing Work) in Laurel, Mississippi. She describes the particulars of organizing in Laurel, Mississippi, and incremental gains made there. She notes several frustrations with political organizing, citing petty disputes that often disrupt work and sidetrack activists from larger-picture goals as well as the "nerve-wracking" nature of working with people with conflicting goals. Bob Zellner adds that younger activists working at the time of the interview have a limited sense of the scale of earlier mass movements and a poor understanding of how wide community involvement was mobilized previously. Zellner discusses similarities with Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans regarding Race relations and Civil rights. Dottie details the differences Protestant and Catholic churches have dealt with issues of race throughout their history in America. The Zellners discuss Race relations in New Orleans and educational options. They note the lack of leftist political opposition on the campus of Tulane University, noting the lack of any visibility of anti-war sentiment on campus. Rogers asks about the Zellners' affiliation with the Free Southern Theater and other "Black militant" groups, though the Zellners dispute that classification of the Theater. Rogers asks them about the Black Panthers in New Orleans. Dottie adds that the most significant work in African Americans occurred in "Black community centers," "rather than the Morials." She advocates for Rogers to interview leaders of African American community centers. As an aside, Bob credits Dottie with creating the logo for the Black Panthers, and Dottie corrects him: "somebody drew him and I made him Black"u2026 I fixed him up a little bit, he was a little scraggly. One of my unsung contributions."
Amistad Research Center
Box 8, Item 28, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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