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The Rev. Dr. Harry Blake Oral History Interview

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Created by:
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009  Search this
Interview of:
Reverend Doctor Harry Blake, American, born 1934  Search this
Interviewed by:
David P. Cline Ph. D., American, born 1969  Search this
Subject of:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957  Search this
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American, 1929 - 1968  Search this
Bishop College, American, 1881 - 1988  Search this
Mount Canaan Baptist Church, American, founded 1894  Search this
Duration: 01:10:22
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected:
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
October 3, 2013
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.107.1a, 2011.174.107.1b, 2011.174.107.1c, and 2011.174.107.1d.
The Reverend Doctor Harry Blake discusses his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Shreveport, Louisiana. Blake joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 after he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give a speech at Bishop College in Texas, where he was a student. Blake discusses his pastorate at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, how he came to develop a good relationship with local politicians, and the work he continues to do within the context of the civil rights struggle.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0107
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
American South  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Children  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Politics  Search this
Religion  Search this
Social reform  Search this
U.S. History, 1933-1945  Search this
U.S. History, 1953-1961  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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Collection title:
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture