At the direction of Congress, the voices and experiences from the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century are being documented in an oral history project. This effort is a collaboration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Library of Congress and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From that collection, this is an interview with Junius Williams. Born in the segregated South, but educated in the North – Williams joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s to fight for equal rights. He recalls his work with SNCC, his time in jail, a civil rights conference he organized, and his conversations with Malcolm X. This is the first of a two part oral history.
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