Interview with James Forman, June 4, 1964

Project: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project

Interview Summary

James Forman (1928-2005) was an African American civil rights leader who was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as well as the Black Panther Party. Forman discusses his involvement with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), its goals as an organization, its members, and other young African Americans involved with the civil rights movement. He describes his difficult experiences attempting to register African American voters in Mississippi. Forman also discusses the leadership philosophies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Forman explains his belief in a non-violent way of life and suggests that it is not enough for the individual to change, but for the civil rights movement to be successful, society as a whole must change. Forman also discusses school integration, the meaning of "Freedom Now", and the effects that African American economic classes have on the civil rights movement.

Interview Accession

2003oh022_rpwcr011

Interviewee Name

James Forman

Interviewer Name

Robert Penn Warren

Interview Date

1964-06-04

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Forman, James Interview by Robert Penn Warren. 04 Jun. 1964. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Forman, J. (1964, June 04). Interview by R. P. Warren. Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Forman, James, interview by Robert Penn Warren. June 04, 1964, Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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