Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Southern Regional Council

Mailing Address: 133 Carnegie Way, Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact person/title: David Dreger, archivist for Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Telephone: 404-522-8764
Fax number:
E-mail:
Web site: http://unbrokencircle.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Services/Restrictions: The Southern Regional Council is a 77-year-old, Atlanta-based civil rights organizations that works to promote racial justice, protect democratic rights, and broaden civic participation in the South. Access to the Council's collection is restricted. Researchers must call in advance to make arrangements to use the collection, which is located in the Council's business offices.

Collections/Interviews:

1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Number of interviews: N/A
Number of transcripts: N/A
Number of tapes: N/A
Year(s) interviews were conducted: 1981-1997
Year(s) covered in the interviews: 1940-1970
Principal interviewer(s): George King and Worth Long

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is a thirteen-hour radio series that documents the civil rights movement in five southern cities between 1940 and 1970. The communities are Columbia, South Carolina; Montgomery, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; and Atlanta, Georgia. The series features comments from more than 250 participants, interwoven with music of the time. With funding from the National endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, and Public Radio International, George King, producer and project director, and Worth Long, senior associate producer, conducted more than 250 interviews of key participants in the events. The Council has cassettes of all of the interviews conducted by George King and Worth Long. Most of the tapes are in good to excellent condition. Edited transcripts are also available for the King and Worth interviews. Most of the transcripts are in excellent condition. Most of the transcripts for interviews obtained from other sources are edited. Since they are photocopies, some of them are rather light. For purposes of this bibliography, only those interviews pertaining to Jackson, Mississippi, are listed below:

James Anderson Erle Johnston
Samuel Bailey Edwin King
Marion Barry Henry J. Kirksey
James C. ("Sammie" or "Sam") Bradford Charles McDew
Colia Liddell Clark and Lewis Liddell Amzie Moore
Charles Cobb and Ivanhoe Donaldson Robert Parris Moses
Courtland Cox Hazel Palmer
David Dennis John R. Salter
Doris Derby Frank Smith
Ivanhoe Donaldson, Charles Cobb and Frank Smith Robert Smith
Lawrence Guyot Hollis Watkins
Casey Haden, Emmie Adams, and Theresa Delpaso Bandele Yarow
Constance Slaughter Harvey Aurela Norris Young
Winson Hudson Gene Young

 

2. Other interviews

In addition, more than 1,000 oral histories, transcripts, and archival recordings of interviews with participants in the civil rights movement were acquired from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Project South Oral History Program, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Oral History Program of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Those pertaining to Missississippi are listed below:

Harry Bowie Myrlie Evers (two interviews)
Stokely Carmichael (five interviews) Lawrence Guyot
Hodding Carter III Fannie Lou Hamer (two interviews)
Ramsey Clark (five interviews) Aaron Henry (two interviews)
James P. Coleman Nicholas D. Katzenbach
Charles Evers Burke Marshall
 
 

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