Lives in the Freedom Struggle:  Stories from the Civil Rights History Project


They were college students, doctors, priests, farmers, journalists, and lawyers. They were national leaders and ordinary citizens. They were members of the NAACP, SNCC, CORE and a host of specialized and local civil rights action groups across the nation. They planned and carried out dramatic, highly visible actions and events like the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963) and the Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965), but also did the everyday work of organizing sit-ins, voter registration drives and freedom schools across the American South.


Fifty years and more after such life-changing historic events took place, the experiences of these remarkable individuals have been documented by the Civil Rights History Project (CRHP), a Congressionally-mandated national initiative to capture the stories of veteran activists from the Civil Rights Era through oral history interviews. In more than one hundred full-length video interviews, participants reflect on subjects including nonviolence, self-defense, collective action, religious faith, music, and many more. The interviews, collected by the Library of Congress and its partner for this initiative, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, are available for viewing through each institution's website. Visit to get started.


In honor of African American History Month, join Dr. Guha Shankar of the American Folklife Center, CRHP Project Director at the Library of Congress, as he outlines the development of the initiative, shares and discusses significant Civil Rights oral history interviews, and demonstrates how to navigate the online CRHP collection for research and study.


    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2015

    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

    FREE Registration: Please use the registration form


Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the

country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be

sent via email.


Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with

speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.