Interview with Stephen Wright,

Project: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Dr. Stephen J. Wright received his PhD from New York University in 1942. He served as president of Bluefield State College from 1953 through 1957 and Fisk University from 1957 through 1966. He also served as an expert witness to many desegregation cases including Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Dr. Stephen Wright describes the civil rights movement in Nashville and how it is different from movements in the North and the deep South. He discusses the involvement of students and faculty at Fisk University with the civil rights movement and recalls when faculty members attended the march on Washington in 1963. He mentions his views on Booker T. Washington and the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wright laments the lack of knowledge about the history of the civil rights movement among young black men and women. Wright also gives some information about the development of his own views and philosophies by describing the role of his grandmother, a former slave, in his early life.

Interview Accession

2003oh044_rpwcr033

Interviewee Name

Stephen Wright

Interviewer Name

Robert Penn Warren

Interview Date

1964

Interview Partial Date

1964

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Wright, Stephen Interview by Robert Penn Warren. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wright, S. (n.d.). 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.

Wright, Stephen, interview by Robert Penn Warren. (n.d.), Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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