MLK Civil Rights Era Interview - Chris Dutton AMH2020 Oral History Project The person whom I am interviewing is my grandfather Ken Roberts Ken was born

MLK Civil Rights Era Interview - Chris Dutton AMH2020 Oral...

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Chris Dutton AMH2020 Oral History Project The person whom I am interviewing is my grandfather, Ken Roberts . Ken was born in 1940 and grew up during the Civil Rights era of Martin Luther King Jr . I am going to be interviewing Ken about his experience growing up during a time of segregation and Civil Rights . Being white, Ken grew up in an all-white community with little communication with black people . Segregation was a hugely impactful event in America at the time and set the stage for many issues of the future . Segregation of schools and housing areas was a normal thing for people back then so, interacting with the opposite race was a rare thing that happened back in the day . The Civil Rights Movement gave African Americans the equality they had worked so hard for for many generations and sent America into the reformed era that we currently live in . Chris: Okay, first question… Growing up during segregation, can you recall an early incident where you recognized a difference in treatment on account of color? Ken: I was born in 1940 and I lived my entire life in the southern U . S .. I lived in Florida, Georgia and Texas . While I always knew blacks were segregated, it didn’t bother me one way or the other honestly because that’s just the way things were in the segregated south . The blacks had separate schools, separate housing areas, even separate water fountains as I recall . So I guess it was—while I always knew that, it didn’t bother me .

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