Percy Green Oral History #2
 
 
     
Title
 
Percy Green Oral History #2
 
Description
 
St. Louis civil rights activist Percy Green focuses on his memories and activites as a member of St. Louis CORE (Committee on Racial Equality) and ACTION (Action Coucil to Improve Opportunities for Negroes).
 
Date
 
0000-00-00
 
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American Culture Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis
 
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Transcript
   
 
 
Table of Contents
 
 
  
 
Work history; joining St. Louis CORE (Committee on Racial Equality); personal philosophy of activism versus the direction of CORE


 
  
 
Krogers; Jefferson Bank; impetus for demonstration; negotiations; court injunction


 
  
 
Arrest of CORE leadership; violation of court injunction; white power structure of St. Louis; employment of blacks by Jefferson Bank; litigation concerning court injunction


 
  
 
Factions within St. Louis CORE; thoughts on civil disobedience; formation of ACTION; press perception of ACTION; climbing the St. Louis Arch


 
  
 
NAACP; Urban League; ACTION philosophy


 
  
 
Racial composition of CORE, SNCC, and ACTION; black power; interracial dynamic of ACTION


 
 
7. (00:05:11) Black Families
 
 
Social mores of black men and women; black family structure; role of employment in status within the family unit


 
  
 
Approach to obtain jobs for black men; Southwestern Bell negotiations; Richard Burke


 
  
 
Hiring practices of Southwestern Bell negotiations; white worker backlash to employment of Richard Burke; qualifications for employment


 
  
 
Social status conferred by role during slavery and employment, language usage, and mannerisms


 
 
11. (00:11:03) Examples of Racism
 
 
Violence towards black women; personal disposition to question authority; effect on black family structure


 
 
12. (00:12:34) Dissolution of ACTION
 
 
Membership turnover; conditions for possible reorganization of ACTION; socio-economic areas needing improvement; business loans; approach to civil disobedience


 
 
13. (00:03:31) Military Service
 
 
Example of position and blackness during military service


 
 
14. (00:05:15) Impetus for Activism
 
 
Anecdotes of life experiences; explanations for achievement gaps between blacks and whites


 
 
15. (00:13:16) Personal Thoughts
 
 
Philosophy and opinions on government, politics, racism, authority, war