Kim Lacy Rogers Civil Rights Oral History Collection

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Kim Lacy Rogers Civil Rights Oral History Collection is a digital collection created by the Amistad Research Center. It is presented in the Tulane University Digital Library through a partnership between the Amistad Research Center and Tulane University. Inquiries regarding content in this digital collection should be addressed to or (504) 862-3222.

This collection consists of sound recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Kim Lacy Rogers from 1978-1998 with persons involved in desegregation and civil rights in New Orleans. There include opponents and proponents of segregation. This acclaimed collection represents one of the most comprehensive resources anywhere on Civil Rights Movement activism in New Orleans, and formed the basis of Rogers’ book Righteous Lives: Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement. Interviewees include local heroes and national figures such as Daniel Byrd, Albert Dent, Tom Dent, Lolis Elie, Oretha Castle Haley, Rosa Keller, Maurice “Moon” Landrieu, Rudy Lombard, Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, John O’Neal, John P. Nelson, Revius Ortique, Jerome Smith, Betty Wisdom, and Skelly Wright; interviewees also include a few opposing voices, those of ardent segregationists such as Jackson Ricau and George Singelman. Rogers is a Civil Rights Movement specialist and an oral historian, making these highly intimate and revealing interviews.

Contact Amistad Research Center for additional interviews. Further interviews with the following subjects will be added to this collection as they become available: Leonard Burns, Daniel E. Byrd, Raphael Cassimere, Doris Jean Castle-Scott, James A. Dombrowski, Rev. Albert D'Orlando, Lolis Elie, Julian B. Feibelman, Father Joseph Fichter, Harry Gamble Jr., Robert Glass, Richard Goins, Helen Mervis, Jack Nelson, Revius Ortique, Matt Suarez, Daniel C. Thompson, Bruce Waltzer, and Betty Wisdom.

This collection was processed under a grant from the Keller Family Foundation. Digital transfer of oral history audio cassettes and creation of interview summaries provided by funding from the RosaMary Foundation.
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