DescriptionEllis Jones (77) converses with his friend Scott Satterwhite (49) about growing up in Pensacola during segregation, attending Tuskegee University, the Civil Rights Movement and Movement for Change, a grassroots organization for equality.
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Ellis (E) talk about growing up in Pensacola. He describes his father and mother. He talks of them being the most important impact in his life.
E talks of going to school in Pensacola. Scott (S) asks E if his schools were segregated. E responds with yes and describes the schools.
E mentions not having many choices of colleges for a black person and shares about the historically black colleges in Alabama and Florida including the one he attended Tuskegee University.
S asks E how did he feel being apart of history. E talks about the times of 1962-1967 shaping him. He shares memories of gerrymandering, state boundary, poll taxes and literacy tests being used to prevent black voters from registering to vote.
E shares memories of Bloody Sunday in Selma. He talks about being apart of a group of students who went to support the bridge crossing the second time around from Selma to Montgomery. He mentions Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr., Joan Baez in attendance.
E talks of human rights and his involvement with the student non-violence movement that included John Lewis. He describes their involvement with encouraging black people to vote and describes that the democratic party didn't support them in Lounge County, so they formed their own party, Freedom Party.
S asks E about his involvement with the Black Panthers and how did he feel to be apart of it. E describes being a role model, community meetings to increase voter registration. He mentions people being afraid and gives an example of sharecroppers being thrown off land.
E recalls the killing of a civil rights activist Jimmy Lee Johnson. He talks about his killers not being arrested and describes the youth as courageous. S talks of Governor George Wallace.
E describes the march from Selma to Montgomery. He mentions the workers letting them know that they could be beaten badly and mentions that Governor Wallace never showed. S and E talk of Stokely Carmichael.
E and S talk about E staying active in Movement for Change and talk about Leroy Boyd, the founder.
E discusses the Chappie James Museum and the process of opening the museum. S talks of the Tuskegee airmen exhibit.
- Ellis Jones
- Scott Satterwhite
Recording LocationsThe Spring Entrepreneur Hub
- 1965 Bloody Sunday March
- Black panthers
- black sharecroppers
- black voter registration
- Bloody Sunday
- Chappie James Museum
- community activists
- Democratic Party
- the Black Panthers
- tuskegee airmen
- Tuskegee University
- voter registration
- voter rights
- youth activism