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Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Ph.D. Oral History Interview

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Created by:
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009  Search this
Interview of:
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell Ph.D., Jamaican, born 1939  Search this
Interviewed by:
Dr. Emilye Crosby Ph. D., American  Search this
Subject of:
Howard University, American, founded 1867  Search this
Howard University Nonviolent Action Group, American, founded 1960s  Search this
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s  Search this
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, American, founded 1964  Search this
Duration: 4 hr., 15 min., 5 sec.
Total: 426.26 GB
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected:
Pelham, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
August 23, 2013
The oral history consists of twenty-four digital files: 2011.174.104.1a, 2011.174.104.1b, 2011.174.104.1c, 2011.174.104.1d, 2011.174.104.1e, 2011.174.104.1f, 2011.174.104.1g, 2011.174.104.1h, 2011.174.104.1i, 2011.174.104.1j, 2011.174.104.1k, 2011.174.104.1l, 2011.174.104.1m, 2011.174.104.1n, 2011.174.104.1o, 2011.174.104.1p, 2011.174.104.1q, 2011.174.104.1r, 2011.174.104.1s, 2011.174.104.1t, 2011.174.104.1u, 2011.174.104.1v, 2011.174.104.1w, and 2011.174.104.1x.
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Ph.D. remembers his time as a student activist at Howard University and his experiences with the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Working primarily out of Washington, D.C., Thelwell marched in and organized demonstrations and made major contributions to SNCC and MFDP strategy around voter registration and the MFDP's 1965 effort to challenge the seating of the Mississippi congressional delegation. He details the developing MFDP strategy, his attempts to navigate Washington politics, and his relationships with various figures involved in the effort.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0104
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Politics  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Suffrage  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
Mississippi Freedom Summer
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture