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Mamie Brown Mason discusses being arrested for sitting in at JJ Newberry's, working in voter registration and singing in the Freedom Choir.

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Ethel Weatherspoon discusses growing up in a big family before getting involved in the Movement. She and her son spent time in jail for demonstrating.

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Walter Wilson III discusses attempting to integrate Phillips High School with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. He continued to volunteer for the Movement before serving in the Air Force.

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Congressman John Lewis discusses his extensive work with SNCC during the Movement. He also details his political career that led him to serving in the United States Congress.

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Johnnie Cunningham describes growing up in Bessemer before getting involved with the Movement. She was firmly committed to selective buying and raising her children to be active as well.

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Walter Lee Gadsden discusses growing up and experiencing discrimination in Birmingham before getting involved in the Movement. Mr. Gadsden's likeness and actions as a foot soldier inspired the statue of the young boy demonstrating at BCRI.

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Nettie Flemmon discusses devoting her life to the Movement in every way. She, her husband and her children coordinated, assisted and demonstrated all around the South, including two of her children attending the March on Washington.

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Herman Dozier discusses how refusing to move from a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC lead him to devote his life to the Movement. He worked with SCLC and demonstrated all around the South.

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Rev. Frank Dukes discusses being a major organizer in the Movement, from facilitating the Selective Buying Campaign to being arrested in the Easter march of 1963.

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Annetta Streeter Gary discusses participating in the Children's March, being arrested and returning to school and mass meetings upon her release.

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Jessie Shepherd discusses participating in the Children's Crusade and being arrested at the demonstration. She went on to become a dietitian after going to school at Lawson State and UAB.

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Reuben Davis II discusses how his work with the labor movement lead to his political career. He served as one term as a Jefferson County Commissioner.

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Reuben Davis discusses his advocacy for employment equality, which includes serving in the labor union and filing multiple discrimination lawsuits against L&N Railroad.

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Barbara Cross discusses surviving the Sixteenth Street Church Bombing in great detail. Her father, Rev. John Cross Jr., was the pastor at the time.

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Carolyn Beard Wilson discusses growing up in Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as the Pastor's daughter before attending Miles College and teaching in Birmingham. She details experiencing the process of school desegregation from an educator's…

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Samuel Greenwood discusses growing up in Birmingham, serving in World War II and spending much of his life in Chicago. He focused on poetry after retiring from the educational system in Chicago.

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Nims E. Gay discusses his whole family's involvement in the Movement. Gay and his children attended meetings and demonstrations that included his children being hit with water hoses and arrested.

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Joel S. Boykin Jr. discusses participating in the Movement after attending Morehouse and dental school. Dr. Boykin bailed demonstrators out of jail while his wife directed the Office of Economic Opportunity.

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Pinkie Shortridge discusses working with her husband Bill to bail demonstrators out of jail through the ACMHR. They continued their involvement with the Movement with Dr. King and the National Funeral Directors Association.

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Rev. Lamar Weaver discusses getting to know Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth as he got more involved in the Movement. Weaver ran against Bull Connor on an anti-segregation platform.
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