Thus, the Civil Rights Documentation Project represents the most thorough and most significant attempt to document the watershed decade of the 1960s and, like Allen Lomax’s work in recording the slave experiences and memories of our 19th century forebears, will become increasingly important in any future scholarship directed towards an understanding of one of the most important periods in the history of the nation and the history of our people.



  1. Bernice Johnson Reagon, "Draft Proposal for Development of a Civil Rights Movement Conference," TMs, 2.

  2. Vincent J. Browne, "Civil Rights Documentation Project Position Paper," September 19, 1967, 1.

  3. Vincent J. Browne and Norma Leonard, eds.  Bibliography of Holdings of the Civil Rights Documentation Project, with a preface by Vincent J. Browne (Washington, DC:   Civil Rights Documentation Project, 1974), VIII-IX.

  4. Ibid., VII.








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