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Civil Rights Oral History Project
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This interview with Courtland Cox covers his time attending Howard University, his involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, participating in the 1963 March on Washington, and serving as the secretary general of the 1974 Sixth Pan-African Congress. This is from an oral history project on the civil rights movement initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“Washington was a very segregated city — whether you're talking about housing, whether you were talking about black and white ads in the Washington Post, whether you were talking about the police department, whether you were talking about trying on clothes in the various department stores. All those things existed. I was faced with it in a way I wasn't faced with it in New York.”—COURTLAND COX
“The American Revolution of ’63” — NBC News Report