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

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Chris DuttonAMH2020Oral History ProjectThe person whom I am interviewing is my grandfather, Ken Roberts.Ken was born in1940 and grew up during the Civil Rights era of Martin Luther King Jr.I am going to beinterviewing 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 blackpeople.Segregation was a hugely impactful event in America at the time and set the stage formany issues of the future.Segregation of schools and housing areas was a normal thing forpeople back then so, interacting with the opposite race was a rare thing that happened back in theday.The Civil Rights Movement gave African Americans the equality they had worked so hardfor 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 incidentwhere 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 orthe other honestly because that’s just the way things were in the segregated south.The blackshad separate schools, separate housing areas, even separate water fountains as I recall.So I guessit was—while I always knew that, it didn’t bother me.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Gardner
Tags
History, Civil Rights, Segregation, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr, Interview, MLK, Oral History Project, White people, Ken Roberts, Chris Dutton

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