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The Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project, mandated by an Act of Congress in 2009, is a joint undertaking of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The project began with a nationwide survey of oral history collections (check it out here) and will culminate in a broad series of oral history interviews with civil rights movement veterans from coast to coast. Below, Judge Matthew Perry describes his first case (video from the NMAAHC):

The SOHP conducted fifty oral history interviews in 2011 and this year has begun work on a second fifty. The interviews are being processed to join the collection at the Library of Congress and will join the collection at the NMAAHC. Take a look at the video below to get a sense for what we learned.