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Alabama - Selma: Albert Turner Interviewee [Part 2]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with Albert Turner in Marion, Alabama. They talk about Selma as a symbol of the civil rights movement. Turner attributes this to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s involvement in the area. So many people were put in jail during the movement that there was nowhere left to put them. He had filed multiple law suits with the Justice Department. Selma was the most progressive place in the area in regards to leadership within the movement even prior to Dr. King's arrival. Turner became State Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC] in 1965 and served until 1972. The Black Belt is now politically controlled by African Americans, although not economically. Green County and Macon County have very high percentages of Black population because so many Whites left the area. Many Whites also left Perry County when Turner was elected county commissioner. Three out of five of the county commissioners are Black, along with many other elected officials. Dent asks about the Shelton family, who were relatives of Turner's opponent. Turner explains a voting fraud case they had brought against him. They discuss a book that had been (by Chestnut) written on the subject, which Turner did not read, and the local political landscape. Turner discusses the attacks on his political career and his role as the "brain trust of Black politics." He has earned the respect of the community.
African AmericansCivil rightsCivil rights demonstrationsEducationRace relationsViolenceVoting
Dent, Thomas C.King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Marion (Al.)AlabamaMississippiSelma (Al.)
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Box 151, Item 12, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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