Interview with Jan Phillips, June 24, 1991

Project: Anne Braden Oral History Project

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Jan Phillips, a Louisville activist, was a friend of Carl and Anne Braden and also a SCEF (Southern Conference Educational Fund) board member and staff person, starting in 1972. In this interview, Phillips describes her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and her impressions of the Bradens. She discusses the divisions that arose within SCEF and the fact that the organization was a proponent of integration in the South, yet its membership was overwhelmingly white. She speaks about the tensions that arose between SCEF and black militant groups and recalls an incident where a Black Panther Party member came to the SCEF office and threatened his wife at gunpoint. Phillips, a Communist Party (CP) member, also discusses the resentment black activist groups had against SCEF as they felt it was too influenced by the CP.

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2006oh205_ab014

Interviewee Name

Jan Phillips

Interviewer Name

Catherine Fosl

Interview Date

1991-06-24

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Phillips, Jan Interview by Catherine Fosl. 24 Jun. 1991. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Phillips, J. (1991, June 24). Interview by C. Fosl. Anne Braden Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Phillips, Jan, interview by Catherine Fosl. June 24, 1991, Anne Braden Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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