1. academicians and scholars who have focused attention on civil rights through their research and writing;

  2. officials of the national government, including Members of Congress and administrators in the executive branch;

  3. state and local elected officials, including members of state legislatures, city councils, and boards of education;

  4. persons supporting civil rights through their contributions or performance in such fields as the theatre, music, art and literature;

  5. students and members of college and university staffs at several of the institutions where there was organized student activity relating directly to civil rights generally or to problems involving the rights of students on campus; and,

  6. persons opposed to particular aspects of the Civil Rights movement.3

As you can see, while not exhaustive, the scope of the Project and the range of its interviews are quite comprehensive.

     Project Director Browne has described the interviews as "concerned with civil rights activities in many parts of the country, at all levels of government, and touching upon a variety of subjects in the civil rights field."4  Most of the interviews relate to "traditional" aspects of the Civil Rights Movement, such as the activities of the NAACP, National Urban League, CORE, SNCC, SCLC, and sit-ins, freedom rides, southern voter registration and school desegregation. The Project also recognized and acknowledged the proliferation of strategies, organizations, philosophies and leaders and responded by extending the Project to include aspects of the Black revolution and other movements growing out of the activism of the 1960s.

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November 1999