NAACP & Civil Rights in Maine Project/Charles Lumpkins
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Interviews by Charlies Lumpkins about NAACP and Civil Rights in Maine.
- Creation: 1990-1991
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NA2149 Gerald Talbot, interviewed by Charles L. Lumpkins, fall 1990, Portland, Maine Talbot talks about his life as an African-American Mainer; his activism in the Maine Civil Rights movement as a member of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP; the development of the Portland chapter of the NAACP from 1964; and his experiences as a legislator in the Maine State House, being Black in Maine.
Text: 120 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2149_c0684_01, mfc_na2149_c0684_02, mfc_na2149_c0685_01, mfc_na2149_c0685_02, mfc_na2149_c0686_01, mfc_na2149_c0687_01, mfc_na2149_c0687_02 4 hours
NA2172 Stephen Halpert and Judy Halpert, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Portland, Maine. The Halperts talk about their involvement in Portland, Maine in NAACP during and after the 1960s; what NAACP has accomplished; brief discussions of what life was like for Jewish Mainers in Portland; race relations and discrimination in Maine.
Text: 75 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2172_c0718_01, mfc_na2172_c0718_02, mfc_na2172_c0719_01, mfc_na2172_c0719_02 2 hours
NA2173 Elizabeth Jonitus and Peter Jonitus, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Lewiston, Maine. The Jonituses discuss their involvement in Central Maine NAACP; its origins and activities; race relations in Maine in comparison to other parts of the country; various forms of racial discrimination; their thoughts on the Maine Human Rights Commission.
Text: 100 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2173_c0720_01, mfc_na2173_c0720_02, mfc_na2173_c0721_01, mfc_na2173_c0721_02, mfc_na2173_c0722_01, mfc_na2173_c0722_02 3 hours
NA2174 Sterling Dymond, Jr., interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Bangor, Maine. Dymond, former Maine NAACP president (1970-1973), talks about the history of the black community in Bangor; race relations in Maine; establishment of the NAACP Bangor Chapter (1940s and 1950s); the KKK (Ku Klux Klan); unions in Maine.
Text: 60 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2174_c0723_01, mfc_na2174_c0723_02, mfc_na2174_c0724_01, mfc_na2174_c0724_02 2 hours
NA2175 Dr. David Smith, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Bangor, Maine. Dr. Smith, history professor at the University of Maine, discussing his involvement with the black community and the NAACP in Maine.
Text: 75 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2175_c0725_01, mfc_na2175_c0725_02, mfc_na2175_c0726_01, mfc_na2175_c0726_02 2 hours
NA2176 Beverly Callender and Willard Callender, interviewed Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, South Portland, Maine. The Callenders talk about their participation in the organization of the Portland chapter of the NAACP; race relations in the state in the 60s and 70s. Willard Callender is professor of sociology at the University of Southern Maine.
Text: 100 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2176_c0727_01, mfc_na2176_c0727_02, mfc_na2176_c0728_01, mfc_na2176_c0728_02, mfc_na2176_c0729_01 3 hour
NA2177 Anita Talbot, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, fall 1991, Portland, Maine. Talbot talks about the civil rights movement in Maine.
Text: 20 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2177_c0730_01 30 minutes
NA2180 Donald Fisher, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Auburn, Maine. Fisher talks about the Lewiston / Auburn and Portland chapters of the NAACP in the 1960s.
Text: 2 pp. index, 83 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2180_c0733_01, mfc_na2180_c0733_02, mfc_na2180_c0734_01, mfc_na2180_c0734_02 2 hours
NA2188 Dr. Esther Rauch, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, fall 1990, Orono, Maine. Dr. Rauch, Vice-President of Bangor Theological Seminary, gives her views on race relations in Maine, an “outsider’s point of view” on the current status of race relations in Maine.
Text: 1 pp. index, 25 pp. transcript Recording mfc_na2188_c0739_01, mfc_na2188_c0739_02 1 hour
NA2189 Birger Johnson, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, fall 1990, South Portland, Maine. Johnson, Congregationalist minister and one of the first presidents of the Portland chapter of the NAACP, talks about race relations in Maine.
Text: 1 pp. index, 33 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2189_c0740_01, mfc_na2189_c0740_02 45 minutes
NA2190 Jean Sampson, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, fall 1990, Lewiston, Maine.Sampson talks about her involvement with the Lewiston/Mid-Central Maine area NAACP; the civil rights movement and race relations in Maine; and the history of the NAACP in Maine.
Text: 30 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2190_c0741_01, mfc_na2190_c0741_02 45 minutes
NA2197 Leonard Cummings and Mary Jane Cummings, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, winter 1990, Portland, Maine. The Cummings talk about their involvement with the Portland chapter of the NAACP. This is a continuation of Lumpkins’s project that traces the history of the NAACP in Maine.
Text: 1 pp. index, 140 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2197_c0834_01, mfc_na2197_c0834_02, mfc_na2197_c0835_01, mfc_na2197_c0835_02, mfc_na2197_c0836_01, mfc_na2197_c0836_02 165 minutes
NA2199 J. Duff Gillespie, interviewed by Charles Lumpkins, summer 1991, Bangor, Maine. Gillespie, former president of the Bangor Chapter of the NAACP, talks about his experiences with the organization; covers race relations in Maine.
Text: 1 pp. index, 31 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2199_c0838_01, mfc_na2199_c0838_02 1 hour
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Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047 https://lccn.loc.gov/2013655211.
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Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.
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