1. the causes for the move of civil rights efforts from the courts to the streets;

  2. the changes which occurred within the Movement; and,

  3. an assessment of the Movement as a continuum of Black struggle.
  4.  

How well the project succeeded in this can be judged by a thorough examination and evaluation of its product.

     Many of the interviewees who participated in the Project played seminal roles in the Movement and several are participating in the various sessions of this Conference on Civil Rights Movement Culture. They include the late Fannie Lou Hamer, Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Marion Barry, Julian Bond, James Bevel, James Farmer, John Lewis, James Orange, Hollis Watkins, Wyatt Tee Walker, Vincent Harding, Howard Zinn, E.D. Nixon and Amzie Moore. These and other interviewees who participated in the Project fall into several particular categories:

  1. persons involved as participants in such civil rights activities as sit-ins, voter registration, picketing, boycotts, freedom rides, The March on Washington, The Selma March and The Poor Peoples Campaign;

  2. persons active in the implementation of court decisions in school desegregation cases; 

  3. lawyers and judges handling civil rights cases;

  4. national, state and local leaders of civil rights organizations;

  5. leaders in organizations giving significant support on behalf of civil rights activities;

 

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November 1999