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[Oral History Interview with Robert Thomas]

Description: Interview with Robert Thomas, a lawyer who worked on a desegregation case in Dallas Independent School District. Thomas discusses his upbringing, education, law practice, and prominent desegregation cases he worked on during his career.
Date: September 16, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Diane Ragsdale]

Description: Interview with Diane Ragsdale, former Dallas city council member and activist. Ragsdale discusses her early life and how she got started in activism, as well as her career with the Dallas city council and local government.
Date: August 19, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Robert Prince Jr.]

Description: Interview with Robert Prince Jr., doctor who helped fight for safe, legal abortions. Prince discusses his upbringing and family history, his time in college and in the Korean war, and his time being a black doctor before integration.
Date: September 12, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Donald Payton]

Description: Interview with Donald Payton, contributor ro the Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Black Remembrance Project. Payton discusses his early life, his experience during integration in the 1960s at North Texas State University, being a Black soldier in Vietnam, time serving on the Dallas County Historical Commission and his affiliation with and Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Black Remembrance Project.
Date: September 30, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Kathryn Mitchell]

Description: Interview with Kathryn Mitchell, former elementary school teacher in Dallas Independent School District and activist. Mitchell discusses her early life, her experience organizing a PTA at Kramer Elementary in Dallas, and how she navigated integration as an elementary school teacher.
Date: September 6, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Robert L. Price]

Description: Interview with Robert L. Price, desegregationist and civil rights activist. Price discusses his early life in Chicago, role in the desegregation of schools in the Dallas Independent School District, and his affiliations with civil rights activist groups.
Date: June 21, 2021
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Oral History Interview with Eva McMillan and Ernest McMillan

Description: Interview with Eva McMillan and her son, Ernest McMillan, civil rights activists in Dallas. Mrs. McMillan discusses her upbringing, home life, her affiliation with the Dallas Progressive Voters League and SNCC and her activism in Dallas. Mr. McMillan discusses his upbringing, activism, prison sentence, and affiliations with SNCC and other civil rights organizations.
Date: September 2, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Oral History Interview with Curtistene Smith McCowan]

Description: Interview with Curtistene Smith McCowan, member and supporter of the NAACP and Urban League. McCowan discusses her upbringing, family, affiliation with the NAACP and Urban League, her involvement with the PTA in her sons' schools and how she advocated for more minority teachers and administrators and equal treatment of Black students, and her seat on the school board in Desoto.
Date: September 23, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Rene Martinez]

Description: Interview with Rene Martinez, an educator who has held roles as a teacher, campus administrator, and adjunct professor. Martinez discusses his upbringing and family life, his membership in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), his experiences as a civil rights activist in Dallas, as well as his efforts in desegregation in Dallas schools.
Date: September 7, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.]

Description: Interview with Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., who held positions as the President of Schenectady County Community College, President of Bishop College (in Dallas, Texas), Chancellor of Dallas County Community College, and President of El Centro College. Lassiter discusses his upbringing, his education, his "civil rights experiences" on the Tuskegee University campus, his career, his commitment to community service (including appointments to national committees and boards), his unsuccessful fight to save Bishop College, his involvement with the African American Museum of Dallas, his experience integrating a hotel in Georgia, his belief in needing to help others get ahead in life, and racism.
Date: September 30, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Oral History Interview with Mavis B. Knight]

Description: Interview with Mavis B. Knight, who was an activist in Dallas. Knight discusses her family growing up in North Carolina, her activism for civil rights for the minority and LGBT communities, her own education, her work in different community programs, and her work in school administration.
Date: August 26, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Julia Jordan]

Description: Part two of an interview with Julia Jordan, who was an activist in Dallas. Jordan discusses her involvement with the Priscilla Art Club and The Links, how the social clubs worked, and the local medical community. She also speaks about teaching, the activism she took part in in the school districts, and her work with the Opportunities Industrial Center. The interview appears to be cut-off.
Date: September 7, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Peter Johnson]

Description: Part two of an interview with Peter Johnson, who was an activist in Dallas. Johnson discusses his work, including the Operation Breadbasket food drives and hunger manifesto, protests, and the AAMAN program, which ran citizen-led investigations of drug dealers and buyers.
Date: September 21, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Zan W. Holmes, Jr.]

Description: Part one of an interview with Reverend Zan W. Holmes, Jr., who was a reverend in Dallas. Holmes discusses growing up in Waco, Texas during segregation, his time at SMU, his early experiences as a pastor in Dallas, and the activism and political elections he took part in. The transcript cuts off mid-sentence.
Date: August 26, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Mark Herbner]

Description: Interview with Bishop Mark Herbner, who was a preacher in Richardson and later Dallas at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Herbner discusses growing up in Chicago, attending seminary, leading his congregation in Dallas, other pastors at the time, and his activism.
Date: September 29, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Edward Harris]

Description: Interview with Edward Harris, who was an activist and later became an author. Harris discusses his book "In the Shadow of Big Tex", growing up in Dallas with his family, his college experience at El Centro College, Bishop College, and Arlington State College (now UTA), getting drafted, his activism with SNCC and Grassroots Incorporated, being arrested and later committed for "hypersensitivity to racial discrimination", and other community programs he was involved in.
Date: October 21, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Kathlyn Joy Gilliam]

Description: Interview with Kathlyn Joy Gilliam, an activist and the first African American woman to become a Dallas School Board member. Gilliam discusses going to school in Dallas during segregation, her work and life afterwards during the fight for desegregation, other figures in the Dallas Civil Rights Movement, and programs for students to further their education. Gilliam also has a school named after her in Dallas.
Date: October 18, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Oral History Interview with John Fullinwider]

Description: Interview with John Fullinwider, who was a teacher and activist in Dallas. Fullinwider discusses growing up in Dallas, his work as an activist in both Austin and Dallas, his time as a teacher, and what he hopes for the future generations of students who want to make change happen.
Date: September 21, 2011
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[Oral History Interview with Hector Flores]

Description: Interview with Hector Flores, who was a police officer, worked with the DOJ, and then became a DISD administrator. Flores discusses his early life in Dilley, TX and traveling to be a migrant worker with family before going to school and becoming the first to graduate in his family, joining the police force, and the jobs that led him to be an administrator in the Dallas school system during affirmative action and joining with LULAC.
Date: September 3, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Oral History Interview with La'Vette Lipscomb Dudley]

Description: Interview with La'Vette Lipscomb Dudley, who worked as a mortician and is now involved with ICDC. Dudley discusses growing up in Dallas and her education, having a politically involved parent (Al Lipscomb), and her current work in the community through ICDC.
Date: September 27, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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